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    Stormix gone bankrupt
    Posted on Saturday, January 27 @ 18:32:06 GMT

    Stormix the makers of a distro based on Debian have become bankrupt. Lets hope no other companies using Debian go the same route. And of course where does this leave users of Stormix, especially those who rely on their commercial support?

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    Re: Stormix gone bankrupt (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, January 28 @ 13:29:33 GMT

    I have the feeling that what we need is more people willing to install Debian and configure it according the the end user specifications (webserver, fileserver, commercial deskop and home/multimedia desktop). About $50-100 for the average home Desktop install would be good. An annual service and training contract would also help. As the home/desktop market open for Linux, more distributions would add confusion; more consultants willing to charge low enough fees will be a blessing. Remember that a Windows upgrade cost about $100, if we stay around that range for a professional linux instalation, many customers will come.

    No matter how good a distribution is, most PC's come optimized for Windows and with Windows installed. The standard generic installation done by a linux distribution is not optimized. Hard Disk access, for example is slow. The average user will not know how to use hdparm to bring it to the same uptimized level . Likewise video, or audio or the CDRW or the camera, or whatever will not work as well as it did under Windows, or will not work at all. But if the installation is configure and optimized it will.

    Thus, if we want linux to be adopted in the billion dollar home desktop market we need to give the enduser a properly installed and configure system. The generic installation provided by the distributions will not do that. Human beings can do that and more.

    We need the focus on Linux installation training. On how to optimize and configure the computer for internet, games and multimedia intensive use. That's what the home desktop market is all about. That's where the money is. Very few will become billionaires doing this, but a whole lot of people will make a living while opening a whole new world for linux to conquer.

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    Re: Stormix gone bankrupt (Score: 1)
    by Pflipp on Sunday, January 28 @ 21:17:20 GMT
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    Well, needless to say this is really bad news, also to me.

    It nevertheless still is a good opportunity to show that when an Open Source company dies, its users will not be left out there in the woods - as much as they would have been when a closed source company dies (or nearly dies) (e.g. NeXT, Amiga).

    Stormix users will have to do the necessary conversion, but they will be able to get support from other Linux support companies out there, and the code behind Stormix ' OS is still alive and kicking.


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    Re: Stormix gone bankrupt (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, January 29 @ 05:50:12 GMT


    We can help by keeping the show going on, from India.

    Prithu Nath

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    Progeny (Score: 1)
    by neroz ( on Tuesday, January 30 @ 02:17:51 GMT
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    Stormix were (basicly) doing what Progeny is now doing, I think they should join them.

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    Re: Stormix gone bankrupt (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, February 02 @ 03:48:43 GMT

    This really sucks!!
    Finallly.... I was able to find a debian based distrib which made sence!
    And now.. they go bankrupt 8(

    The reason I don't want to go directly with debian:

    They are no config tools what soo ever with it!!

    And the reason I do not wish to go with RH or mandrake:
    Too much shi@$!@^% in the damn distrib!
    I mean come one!!
    Do I really want to install like 20 damn text editors??????

    Anyone out there has a good suggestion for me?
    A good distro to go with....


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    Re: Stormix gone bankrupt (Score: 1)
    by carney1979 on Monday, March 11 @ 02:20:58 GMT
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    Way too bad for Stormix. I bought their base system and loved it. I later tried Potato, just for the desire for a pure Debian system. I have an ISA soundcard and NIC; couldn't get either to work with Potato. I reinstalled Stormix, then changed my sources to Debian.

    I recently upgraded to Woody. I had to do a lot of 'apt-get -f upgrade', etc, but it did install. I "lost" the soundcard, but kept the NIC. After recompiling with a 2.4.14 kernel, I was able to regain the soundcard by hard-compiling it into the kernel (instead of modules).

    I would not be where I am today (2.2.14 kernel, ext3, Gnome 1.4, KDE 2.2.2, etc) without the good start from Stormix.

    Download the ISO if you can find it.


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