Some happy news for the New Year!
craig at bigtigerimports.us
Sat Dec 21 13:25:33 UTC 2013
Hello and best wishes to everyone.
I am Craig Morehouse, General Manager of Big Tiger Imports LLC.
I have found a special line of Netbooks made in China, and I am building
the business foundation to sell them in the USA. Unlike most Netbooks,
these will be full featured notebook computers with 4GB RAM and 500GB
Fortunately, the Chinese offer many of their product lines with a choice
of Windows 7 or Linux. So, I knew the machines would be Linux
compatible. I figured that the combination of Atom processors and
Lubuntu software might work nicely.
I ordered the first sample several weeks ago and put Lubuntu on it. As
predicted, the results are wonderful. It was almost emotional.
I first contributed to the Free and Open Source Software movement in
1985. A small part of Emacs is mine ( a very small part, but I am quite
proud of having contributed). Since then I did a couple of other
projects at the Free Software Foundation's request. Basically language
development and grunt work. I've been using Linux as my primary home
system since the late 90's. I'm a Certified Apple Technician as well.
I also worked with Michael Hart of Project Gutenberg for a decade. Many
of you have never heard of the Dynabook, but you might google it. It's a
part of computing history. This is my tribute to Alan Kay and the late
Dr. Michael Hart. I have shared these visions for a long, long time (did
I mention that I am old? Eh, what's that?). The hardware part is a
reality; the other phase of the DynaBook and PG were their educational
purposes. I intend to complete the visions.
Anyway, the upshot of the situation is that I'm going to sell these
NetBooks for less than $300. They will come with Lubuntu and the Project
Gutenberg DVD books.
I am working now to convert all Gutenberg 29,000 books in the collection
from text format to .epub format. I'm using the Calibre program for the
library and conversion. The Ebook reader that comes with Lubuntu is
So, the little notebooks will be available in five colors, (Black, White
Pink, Red and Yellow). Each machine will come with Lubuntu, the LXDE
environment customized to younger folks and the adults who will be
teaching them. I'm going through all the Educational software available
for all Ubuntu flavors, and will have a wide selection organized and
available right out of the box. We'll also have more than 29,000 Ebooks
from Project Gutenberg on each machine.
I'm too old now to be an active developer any longer, but I have 30
years experience with Graphic User Interfaces along with computer game
design. Basically, I've seen most every GUI used in the USA and the UK
to any extent, and I know from the inside what such projects require.
I'll be giving $2 to the Lubuntu developers and $2 to Project Gutenberg
for each notebook sold.
I'd like to give feedback to the lubuntu-users list since I will be
watching exactly how people interact with the machines.
It will take about 6 - 8 weeks to get everything ready. There's a
lead-time to get the machines, there's a lot of work needed to do the
ebook conversions, and we have to work around the Chinese New Year
So I'd like to be an ally here as much as I can.
Thanks to all of you,
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