Some happy news for the New Year!

Israel israeldahl at
Sat Dec 21 16:17:35 UTC 2013

That is great!!   I am so glad you e-mailed us!!  I think this should go
on the blog when everything is up and ready.  So, if I understand you,
these will be available for sale in the US?  Will they ship to other
countries as well?  I will definitely make more of an effort to
concentrate on remaking icons for the educational software, as we are
currently working on expanding the Lubuntu icon theme (Box icon theme). 
Thank you for the holiday cheer you bring to this list!!

I have some hardware questions for you, though.
Will the processor be multi-core?
Will you offer Solid State drives (possibly as an upgrade? as $300
wouldn't be enough to cover that).
And finally, what graphics chip are you using... I suppose since you
have an Atom processor it will be Intel graphics (which generally works
well), basically I am wondering if it will be capable of running higher
end 3d graphics.

Thanks again for your exciting news!!
And thanks for all your contributions to freedom throughout the year!!

On 12/21/2013 07:25 AM, Craig Morehouse wrote:
> 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 hard drives.
> 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 splendid.
> 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
> vacation times.
> So I'd like to be an ally here as much as I can.
> Thanks to all of you,
> Craig Morehouse


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