On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:32, J.R. Mauro<jrm8005(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Adam
I think you will run into two issues with being a straight Linux OEM. The
computer OEM business generally has a relatively low barrier to entry and
it's largely commoditized, thanks to Dell, HP, etc. To make it work, I
think you will need to specialize in some way such that it would be
cost/time prohibitive for new businesses to enter your target market.
Perhaps you could create a blackbox application of your Linux hardware or
learn particular industry that has specific needs (and money ;-), like
Legal, Green Energy, or Medical Records. Right now you are competing with
This. Not many people will be convinced to buy a linux machine. ("huh?
However, if you start selling inexpensive computers with packages of
software preinstalled for certain targets, e.g. medical (the amount of
Linux software for medicine is amazing. I've seen a lot of MRI
machines that have Linux terminals), POS, business management,
graphics, desktop publishing, etc., then people might bite.
Of course I'd also recommend ample documentation for your "suite" of
apps, even if it's just a manifest describing what GnuCash, etc. is
for, since people will not be able to figure out the names. Support is
also usually a must with Linux if you think non-savvy folks will be
> Dell nationally and PC Plus et al locally :-/. In both cases, your
> established competitors can probably cut their prices to cost for awhile to
> compete. I think it will be hard to get started.
I suspect some of this will change soon. If he's planning on being a
"Google Chrome PC distributor" and just getting started w/ vanilla
Ubuntu, I think he may have something going. He's certainly describing
the right sort of machine for a Chrome OS machine, near as I can tell.
disclaimer: most of you know more about *nix and computer hardware than I