Linked by David Adams on Fri 7th Aug 2009 19:59 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes A friend of OSNews asks: "You might have heard of our Open-PC project. The idea is to collaboratively build a completely open PC, with free software and free drivers. We prepare an operating system image, do online services and support and choose the hardware. Then we work together with hardware manufacturers who build and sell the PC. We already have one manufacturer in Germany who committed to work with us. We will sell the first version of the Open-PC this fall. The problem is that it is expensive to ship the PC from Germany to the United States, so we are looking for a second manufacturing partner in the US. Can you recommend a company? I think the ideal would be a mid-size PC manufacturer who has experience with assembling custom PCs, experience with Linux and is able to ship the PC economically within North America." This seems like a great candidate for crowdsourcing. So, OSNews readers, can you give our friend any leads?
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Linux only?
by jonas.kirilla on Fri 7th Aug 2009 20:45 UTC
jonas.kirilla
Member since:
2005-07-11

In the survey on their website they ask only what desktop environment, browser and media player would be desired - not what operating system(s) one would like to run. Appears to be Linux-only. Open but single-minded.

Edited 2009-08-07 20:47 UTC

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RE: Linux only?
by umccullough on Fri 7th Aug 2009 20:58 in reply to "Linux only?"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Appears to be Linux-only. Open but single-minded.


I had the exact same thought when I fired up the survey.

I was expecting the survey to revolve around hardware features, not what choice of Linux desktop environment, browser, or media player ;)

At least they asked whether an optical drive should be included :/

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RE[2]: Linux only?
by Lennie on Sat 8th Aug 2009 13:07 in reply to "RE: Linux only?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

It seems their target is to get Linux on the desktop, make it easier for newbies or something, preinstalled and ready to run. Not so much to get experienced people a good hardware/open source driver combination (or even better: good OS-supported hardware). Which I guess would be more inline with the visitors of this site.

Edited 2009-08-08 13:12 UTC

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