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LinuxDevices.com: Open source MyLinux PLW project is scuttled

Oct 30, 2001, 16:03 (8 Talkback[s])

"The MyLinux Pocket Linux Workstation project has (at least temporarily) been canceled. The completely open source hardware/software project was sponsored by Arizona Cooperative Power LLC, and had reached the stage of accepting advanced purchase orders for beta versions of the device. Rob Wehrli, Director of Engineering of Arizona Cooperative Power LLC, offered the following explanation for why he is shutting down the project at this point .

We're at least temporarily canceling or shelving the MyLinux PLW project due to lack of interest and acceptance in and by the Linux Community. With our "grass roots" effort, we needed at least 200 orders to proceed with a production run that doesn't even break even using what we believed would be a "Linux-friendly" COST + $20 model. Our development costs, not including labor, exceeded $160,000 USD in the past 10 months since formally announcing the PLW project December 11, 2000. At COST + $20, we needed to sell at least 8,000 units to break even with just the expenses of the project. We received only 10 orders in what I believe is a message from the Linux Community that clearly states that the product is neither viable nor desirable in what may be tougher economic times than when the project started.

Many people from around the world contributed to help make the MyLinux PLW device spring up from concept to product. My team of core contributors added countless hours of relatively unrewarded effort to put together a hand-held Linux workstation with many exciting features indicated by Linux users as what they wanted in the device, for example, we added stereo audio in and out capability based on one person's request for stereo rather than monophonic audio capabilities. Our effort to address the needs of the Linux Community simply have met with poor acceptance at this time. We are planning to continue moving forward with our many other embedded Linux projects while possibly reviving MyLinux when economic conditions warrant it."

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