[lug] Did i miss something?

rm at fabula.de rm at fabula.de
Fri Mar 1 05:49:09 MST 2002

On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 02:55:45PM -0700, Sean Reifschneider wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 12:21:12PM +0100, rm at fabula.de wrote:
> >Anyway, i recall that a german company i happen to know tried
> >to distribute netwinders over here but the prices rebel wanted
> >where ridiculously high. Nice product but way too expensive.
> That they were...  I remember when they were initially promoting them at
> Linux Expo ('97?)...  They knew they needed to make them cheap, but they
> were talking about adding a hard drive (the original configuration had no
> hard drive) and cutting the price.  I kept wondering how they could add a
> $300 hard drive while at the same time cutting the price by nearly that
> much...
> In the end they were selling them for nearly $400 over the price they were
> selling the discless ones for...
> They were pretty proud of those guys...  We tried to get one to do a review
> of, and to show off at all the local LUG meetings (like we'd done in the
> past for the Cobalt cube), but they weren't at all interested in having us
> promote it.  Oh well.

That's pretty much my experience too. I found the whole concept (diskless desktop
box with a low power chip) pretty cool so i tied to get a company interested in it.
Well, rebels reaction to the first contact was pretty much: you have to buy a box
if you want to look at it and shipping to Europe will be about the same price as 
the box itself ... And they insisted that their box targeted the server market!
Since the company i contaced mainly sells PC-based servers (for a lower price) that
pretty much ended the deal. Now they sell inteloid diskless workstation (Niagara-based,
if i recall right) [and i use a JavaStation running Linux].


> Sean
> -- 
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> Sean Reifschneider, Inimitably Superfluous <jafo at tummy.com>
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