Linked by drsmoothy on Sat 7th May 2005 18:54 UTC
Linux When I read the article on Slashdot & OSNews that Linare was putting out a sub-$500 notebook, I immediately jumped on the deal. I purchased a laptop directly from Linare in early February. Their site stated that I would receive the laptop in 2-4 weeks. I waited in anticipation.
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by Celerate on Sat 7th May 2005 20:13 UTC

I don't think that $500 is cheap for a laptop, I think people have just been trained to think it is by companies looking for higher profit margins. Considering the hardware in these things I'd say $500 is what they are worth, and thats with reasonable service from the manufacturer, the OS on CD and the manual.

I share the authors sentiment on the delivery time, it was unreasonable and every time he tried to contact the company about it they sent him a "canned" reply, probably without even reading his original message.

Its interesting to see that the author mentioned the inclusion of USB ports, its something that was often believed to be left out on these laptops. There was no mention of the USB ports in the laptop's decription online and in former articles about these laptops many people on this site have commented that they didn't see any indication of USB ports. Now we know for sure that there are some.

Speaking as a student in Canada, USD $500 isn't cheap. It may be for people in the US where their currency has a higher value, and I figure most people in this list are adults with jobs; but for a student with no time for a job, USD $500 (CAD $619.80 + extra shipping cost) isn't cheap.

It would be interesting to see what this author thinks of the USD $499 Linspire laptops, Linspire has a better reputation and is located in the USA.