Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Jan 2005 17:22 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews "sat down" with Linspire CEO Michael Robertson for a Q&A about his company's efforts as the banner-carrier for Linux-on-the-desktop. We discussed the upcoming Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego and the perceptions and realities of the obstacles to widespread desktop Linux use. Linspire also extended a special offer to OSNews readers: a free download of Linspire and a 30 day CNR subscription, so put yourself in Granny's shoes (not literally, please) and give it a try. Correction: The free offer expires on January 15.
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by Anonymous on Wed 5th Jan 2005 14:37 UTC

"For instance I'm not Michael Robertson"

Answer :

No Really ! lol

" but I can answer"

Answer :


note : You can always offer your cv and your qualification with a way to verify them. I like laughing at those that are assuming that selling Gnu/Linux in a commercial capacity is easy , even really rich people in business in IT segment have and would fail , even more when its a Debian base ...

" most of your senseless flaming just as easily:""

Answer :

No ( its not flamewar ) , No ( you have no clue what your talking about ).

I would like to reply to your clueless personnal and uninformed comment in your answer to M.R. question( even do I bet that the rest is probably in Tune with what M.R. is thinking , hence why there not making any money even do there software is somewhat good)

"people like you are in the GNU/Linux community and nothing every makes you all happy"

Yes , but whe make the stuf, its our game and where winning. Linspire aint , it would be sad to see them disapear.

"No. Honey, the second sentance isn't a question - it needs a period at the end of it."

I aint your honey. and its a good question.

" Someone needs and ego stroking apparently in the first question"

Someone (you) need a reality check.

"Question: How do you know Linspire controls the payment plans and not Walmart?"

The question whas :

"9. You have a 498$ laptop in sale at Walmart , dont you think that by offering a really good paiment plan like Dell as for there offer you would not make a hundred thousand more sale ? "

Let me say this , you like to rewrite my question to fit the answer you whant to give , you have clearly done this on all of them , this question is no different and you obviously forget what the suposed purpose of this is ( I add that your wrong and dont know what your talking about in all of them ) :

Ask Michael Robertson questions about Linspire.

Obviously M.R. dont control what Walmart does and I dont expect him to have any leverage with them either , but the question is simple in itself so I will take your little hand and try and I say try, to explain it to poor little you.

Dell is the #1 OEM Laptop vendor , they sale milions of them in many types of models in many types of packages , I compared One offer of Dell vs the one offer at Walmart from Linspire and the diference I see is that Dell as some paiement plan offer wich the Linspire dont have ( for people like me I se as an easy disadvantage to surmount ) , clearly many people prefer to pay monthly paiement ( remember the Dell is #1 part , it help to come to that conclusion , the billion they made last year in income too ).

Now this being said M.R. can do two things , think I am a stupid anonymous without a clue and do nothing. Or he can say hum , lets try this sugestion it cost nothing to find someone to offer a paiement plan on the walmart laptop , that can be offered from the linspire site , all they would do is act like the middleman and collect say 20$ on each laptop they would sale this way, plus they get to know who the clients are. Plus the click and pay income from the fact that the Laptop is loaded with linspire and as click and run wich give a direct link to the software that can be sold on top of it.

100 000 X 20$ = 2 Million.

God forbid that they actually sale more then 100 000.

Also If I where Linspire I would talk with the Balance people to have this model loaded with Linspire too :