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Rydel
October 18th, 2006, 02:09 AM
We are pleased to introduce two new computers to our current lineup of Ubuntu machines: the Adonia desktop ($299) and the Azure laptop ($699).

For more information, please visit our desktops page (http://shafetech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=31) or our notebooks page (http://shafetech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=35).

DRM_free
October 21st, 2006, 08:35 PM
A couple of quesitons and suggestions:

1) What type of "Integrated Wireless" do the laptops use? I suggest using an integrated card based on the Ralink 2500/RT2400 and Realtek RTL8180 chipsets. The Free Software Foundation suggests these chipsets because they are supported by Free/Open Source GPL'ed drivers:

http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html

I suggest you stay away from Intel cards because they prevent users from changing the wireless settings, consequently preventing them from using the laptop in another country (this of course suits them well because they get to sell you more hardware for every country you want to work in). Also, Intel chips require a binary blob that runs in userspace, which is a serious privacy risk. This is why some in the Free/Open Source community are calling Intel an Open Source Fraud.

2) You might want to specify what graphics card each model uses.

3) The writing on the vendor information page is barely visible because the background color is too similar to the color of the letters.

4) The address in the vendor information page doesn't include a country/state (where is Skaneateles?).

In general, it would be great if you provided more detail about the hardware you're selling. Good Luck!

sophtpaw
November 20th, 2006, 11:12 AM
We are pleased to introduce two new computers to our current lineup of Ubuntu machines: the Adonia desktop ($299) and the Azure laptop ($699).

For more information, please visit our desktops page (http://shafetech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=31) or our notebooks page (http://shafetech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=35).

Way, way, way too pricey - way!

unless they're Canadian Dollars you're asking for. I applaud your enterprising spirits, and we all want to see more vendors selling hardware with Linux pre-configured, but...considering the savings you're already making on not having to pay for the os i find these prices unattractive.

You've already got alot of feedback from another thread i believe, but it seems you guys aren't listening. Maybe you don't care and you have a market for people who don't want to know the full spec on an overpriced system. But i shan't be one of them.

Good luck

JSchwage
November 22nd, 2006, 10:15 PM
I second what sophtpaw said. Unfortunately, I think your prices are quite a bit too high. I could get a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook for cheaper than your 2.0GHz Core Duo notebook.

doobit
November 22nd, 2006, 10:31 PM
Start up computer resellers don't get much of a break, so I think the prices they have may be what they need to sell and make a profit.

bobbybobington
November 23rd, 2006, 03:36 AM
I gotta agree, pc industry is absolutely cut throat. lol i just learned that today in economics. Huge companies like dell, hp, compaq, sony etc... have a HUGE advantage. They might even sell computers at so low a price that they LOOSE money in hopes of making a profit from additional services, or to gain marketshare.