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Newsforge: Tuxtops.com suspends Linux laptop sales

Jan 17, 2001, 03:18 (1 Talkback[s])
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In a telephone conversation on Monday (January 15) Hine said that the company plans to develop software. 'I can't disclose too much about the new project,' said Hine. 'We're talking to investors and so on. I can tell you that it's in the software management arena; it came out of some technology we developed in the course of selling the laptops, particularly the OneStep Linux.'"

"Selling Linux on laptops isn't the innovation that it used to be, and that could be part of the reason Tuxtops is changing its focus. From his home in Sunnyvale, Hine shared some of the reasoning behind the decision to suspend sales of laptops. '[It] was a difficult business to maintain. The competition was growing, including big companies -- when we started there were very few competitors.'"

"Nowadays, the big guys like IBM and HP are offering buyers the option to have their notebook systems shipped with Linux, so it's hard for 'little' guys like Tuxtops, and other small companies like Linuxlaptops.com to keep up. 'A lot of companies want to buy [all their hardware] from one place," Hine said. "We have better products than those big guys, but it's really hard to convince somebody who's not on top of the situation that we really are better. We were critically acclaimed but unfortunately, that doesn't make up for lack of volume.'"

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