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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To: Michael Robertson and Linspire Inc.
by Dark_Knight on Wed 5th Jan 2005 21:18 UTC

Some advice for the Linspire company, particularly Michael Robertson. In my opinion Michael's sales team would of been better to approach big names such as HP, Dell, IBM, etc instead of going with Walmart that has a reputation of being cheap. Low cost sure but the Walmart name comes with the notion that your getting low end hardware with names consumers have not heard of. It makes no sense to offer a distribution that's targeted as being a Windows competitor then install it on a poor budget system. The desktops and laptop now offered are laughable. Come on Michael, learn from the examples shown by both Novell and Red Hat who've targeted major names for distribution of their software. Dong such will increase your market share and make Linspire more well known instead of something some would snicker at.

I do beleive Michael attending Linux conventions is a smart decision. This is actually good for all Linux developers to not only promote their products but also get feedback from consumers they're targeting their software at. Since I can't attend the convention he commented on in the article I'll look forward to reading more about his experience there hopefully posted on the Linspire site.