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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to drsmoothy: Thanx for the heads up.
by itisak on Fri 13th May 2005 03:31 UTC

I too am very interested in these notebooks (I would have chosen the 250 for mem & DVD) No one should have to go through what you did, and I wonder how many else did. I also wonder if it is their SOP or some other issue(s).

The lack of any info ( & support/contact info) about the machines seemed rather questionable.

It was common in the '70s & '80s for tele or mail order tech companies, electronic/stereo/photo to sell without actual inventory and float loans, Drop ship, etc. Whether that is an issue here I dunno, but plausible.

Or is it a money, tech or supply difficulty that could be influenced by other sources??

Because now that you finally have it you seem to indicate that it supports Linux well and is good hardware for the price... Is that correct?? Does the modem work? how about wireless? Did you try any other distros liveCDs or installed? (other than FC3) Did you find the mem? Any other issues with the hardware?

One of the posters provided a link to a story about Linux companies in or near Redmond: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/05/09/focus1.html?p...
that indicates that the company has 30 empolyees mostly in India (and the name of the CEO seems Indian as well) Not that, that is all that important except for the poor service and support.

Maybe they will fix the problem or get their act together... Maybe not.. who knows? Certainly bad business.

I would prefer to buy any Notebook without Windows and this one appeared very attractive... But the wait & poor CS makes it questionable.

I wonder what the real reason is......?

Sorry for your difficulty but thanks for the info.....