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    Phoronix: The Widely-Criticized New Commercial Linux Distro Is Now On Kickstarter

    Back in July I wrote about a new Linux distribution based on Arch and Wayland that was aiming for commercial success and talked up being the "ultimate operating system" for users that could compete with the likes of Microsoft Windows. The distribution, Operating System U, was widely criticized by readers, but now the distribution is on Kickstarter to solicit funds...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc3MDc

  • #2
    Hahahahaha

    Couldn't help myself.

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    • #3
      This is a joke. The team haven't even spent the effort to make a half decent video presentation. Just looking at this guy makes me laugh. And what kind of laptop is that? Some old OEM crap?

      I would actually not object to serious companies selling good Linux desktops.

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      • #4
        If he wants to be successful, do the following:

        0) Find a target audience (devs? schools? both?)

        1) Make a very cheap budget laptop like a chromebook.

        2a) Make 3 tiers of the same model @ around $150, $250, and $500)
        That would be AMD, Intel, and dedicated GPU respectively
        OR
        2b) Make 3 models at the same price points as above, directed specifically at 3 target audiences. Like:
        - A standard small 11-14 inch laptop meant for typing, general browsing and use and maybe coding.
        - A tablet with a digitizer and IPS or other colour accurate screen.
        - A larger, bulkier laptop meant for desktop replacement
        The only problem with things like these is that they are often valued for being cheap, so if they start loosing that, then they will start losing customers.

        3) When ordering the laptop, let the user pick the preloaded operating system.

        4) Let them pick out accessories with little cutsy on-hover ads like:
        "Like having a million tabs open? You may want more RAM, which is just $__"
        "This CPU is good for gaming, letting you play most games."
        "Want the latest games, rendering or other intensive tasks? This GPU should give you more than enough power!"

        5) Advertise and market leading up to the kickstarter.

        6) Profit?

        bonus round!
        7) For a stretch goal, add a E-Ink screen option or device.
        Last edited by profoundWHALE; 08-22-2014, 02:47 PM.

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        • #5
          While the idea of a laptop that will run on a open stack (from coreboot to DE & drivers) is awesome what these guys are trying to do is not enough. Crappy OEMs won't cut it. People have done it and doesn't seem to attract many. Ie. how many devs you see carrying a System76 laptop instead of a MBook Air.

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          • #6
            I love the Unity interface. It is so much more efficient and useful than any other interface I've tried. Not crazy about some things Ubuntu (e.g., dash, scopes/lenses, contributor agreement) but Unity is a nice design.

            I certainly am not interested in going back to something that behaves like that stupide Windows button.
            Last edited by tiuykor; 08-22-2014, 02:52 PM.

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            • #7
              they are trying for just $50,000,
              hahahahahahahaha

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tiuykor View Post
                I love the Unity interface. It is so much more efficient and useful than any other interface I've tried. Not crazy about some things Ubuntu (e.g., dash, contributor agreement) but Unity is a nice design.

                I certainly am not interested in going back to something that behaves like that stupide Windows button.
                I have to agree except for a few things with the Unity interface that I don't like:
                - ALT-TAB is basically broken and only a nasty hack really makes it usable
                - Search uses the internet way too much for searching, although I guess that's how they can make money. At least I can disable it.
                - There's no 'Everything search' that search files as well as programs
                - Other minor issues with things not being configured out of the box properly. Graphics is usually okay though. (Assuming AMD or Intel open-source)

                I like how the programs are laid out, easy to see and configurable to hide. I like how the windows and overall theme looks, and I like opening programs by typing a name of something in search and hitting enter like Windows 7.
                Last edited by profoundWHALE; 08-22-2014, 02:56 PM.

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                • #9
                  Michael pls, stop it I can hear you laughing all the way to Germany.

                  Not sure if the guy is actually serious, I hope he isn't.

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                  • #10
                    Made my day

                    The Troll is strong with those guys...

                    I'm laughing so hard at that video
                    Netrunner Linux - Rolling Release ; Nexus 5 ROM Chroma 5.1 ; NAS 6TB on FreeNAS

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                    • #11
                      This again? Facepalm....

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                      • #12
                        Pay Money for Arch Development?

                        Currently Arch is by far my favorite linux distro, as their rapid yet stable updates combined with their extremely generic code approach are incredible. I would much sooner donate double the money to the arch linux developers than assist these clowns...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by profoundWHALE View Post
                          I have to agree except for a few things with the Unity interface that I don't like:
                          - ALT-TAB is basically broken and only a nasty hack really makes it usable
                          - Search uses the internet way too much for searching, although I guess that's how they can make money. At least I can disable it.
                          - There's no 'Everything search' that search files as well as programs
                          - Other minor issues with things not being configured out of the box properly. Graphics is usually okay though. (Assuming AMD or Intel open-source)

                          I like how the programs are laid out, easy to see and configurable to hide. I like how the windows and overall theme looks, and I like opening programs by typing a name of something in search and hitting enter like Windows 7.
                          -I've had no issues with ALT-TAB. I mostly use ALT-GRAVE (`) except when I want to switch across applications and alt-tab has worked without issue for me.
                          -to fix the internet problem I uninstalled all scopes and lenses except for the Applications (so I can find apps in dash)
                          -I use Find command in Terminal to find files. Nothing beats it. And searching within Gnome Nautilus always works for me too to find files.

                          I'm not a fan of Canonical's attempts to do everything from the Dash. I much prefer the application approach. To search internet: firefox. To search files: nautilus. etc.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                            While the idea of a laptop that will run on a open stack (from coreboot to DE & drivers) is awesome what these guys are trying to do is not enough. Crappy OEMs won't cut it. People have done it and doesn't seem to attract many. Ie. how many devs you see carrying a System76 laptop instead of a MBook Air.
                            While System76 is not mainstream, they are profitable. On this week's Bad Voltage podcast they interviewed a representative of System76, who stated that they are not influenced by the declining PC market at all.

                            But I don't expect this to be a succes.

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                            • #15
                              WTF

                              I read a lot of articles here, however i have yet to register my account. This, though, made me do it.

                              Looking Towards the Future (Planned Features):Previously you were limited to dragging and dropping into squared areas that are on the entire desktop. No more of that. Now you can place items anywhere on the desktop.
                              WTF Really?! I, myself, am using KDE and not XFCE, however isn't that like in the options menu somwhere when you right click? Or somewhere? I actually missed this "OSu" the first time it was written about here, however this is just outrageos. I was hoping to find someone who really has the vision and the funding to bring Linux finally into everyones hands faster. Well, I guess I cannot have everything in the world.

                              PS: Also please forgive my english, it is not my main language.

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