Subject: Re: Intellectual exercise: case study fsb
From: Jean Camp <jean_camp@harvard.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:09:26 -0500

At 6:11 PM +0100 2/21/03, Jesus M Gonzalez-Barahona wrote:
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>
>Open questions:
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>- Is the model possible (is there enough demand?, is GNU/Linux ready to
>meet regular custom needs?, is Linux supporting *all* the hw shipped
>commonly today?, is there end users willing to buy a Linux PC, instead
>of a Win one?)
>
>- Is the model sustainable (would be interest by PC assemblers in buying
>the product the second time?, would they find interesting added value
>for them? would they be interested in buying the thing instead of
>engineering themselves, in case there is demmand from end-users?)
>
>- Could the engineering be outsourced, e.g., to a company with
>experience in Linux distributions? would that make sens?
>
>- Cost model
>
>- Many others

The major problem here is the lack of support from ISPs. The phone 
support on the ISP are people who are trained very narrowly in 
Windows, and are happy to be rude to non-windows users.

That is to say there still exists a secondary network effect.

However, if you could link a  hardware provider and AT&T as a service 
provider then the stability of the system and the ability to 
configure the desktop could be quite valuable.

AOL ironically would be the perfect market for this.

-Jean
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