Yesterday, Apple doubled the number of CPUs on their
products -- but the price remains the same -- dual
1Ghz G4s for $1699. Unbelievable!
For Raquel and I this means one thing (beyond Apple
has finally and completely fallen for the obvious
clock speed, etc. numbers game):
Alternative (as in A-Expo, 7-9 September) operating
systems have become important -- very important!
This makes us really feel that our approach to
*eventually* sell Pegasos main boards as they are
is RIGHT ON TARGET. Apple will certainly not do
this! Linux or MorphOS interested people want to
do what they want to do. Terra Soft has been
getting a good initial response to sell YDL
pre-installed on iMacs (http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/news/2002-08-08.shtml)
and you will see the Pegasos on sale there soon.
Our flexibility to upgrade to a G4 or dual CPUs,
or even multiple boards makes us unique and gives
us a competitive advantage over anything else we
know about -- including Apple when sold as a main
board itself (especially with their overhead!).
Here is what we are doing:
- We are selling fully configured machines to
Betatesters. Things are going well!
- We will sell a few main boards to highly
qualified users who are willing to get other
non-standard configurations to work.
This will be done on a case by case
basis (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- We will keep our amiga-oriented market interested
over the next month with messages on Morphos-News.
We want people using the machines and Team Betatester
is all about that. We will show as MANY applications
running as possible at the A-Expo, 7-9 September. Later
this week we will post a gallery of pictures from last
weekend. It was a successful event for us.
- We are also planning the Frankfurt conference/show for
14 September: BETATESTER I.
When we are ready (which may be sooner than December), we will:
- Sell main boards worldwide directly or through
resellers at one price. Qualified resellers will
be discounted from that price.
- Sell a single or double CPU upgrade package. We
can beat the iMac G4 prices easily. We may develop
a discount plan when a G3 is returned in good
condition (we in turn can donate computers with
"used" processors to programs to help disadvantaged
children learn about computers or programs like
that...your ideas are welcome here!).
Our target markets:
- Linux users
- Amiga application users
- Mac users with the Thendic smart card reader
together with MorphOS on a CD with applications
that run with special smart card features, such as,
a "secret weapon" for an online game, Pegasos
Points to spend at the online store to buy
peripherals (DataPlay, ComCam, etc.), and
naturally secure communications with our
host...etc.. The application is what is promoted.
MorphOS is there on the CD to make it happen.
Smart cards make us unique and add plenty of
interesting and exciting functionality
(we will have an smart card SDK for our developers).
Keep your eyes on MorphOS-News...we will keep you posted.
Raquel and Bill
Last Update: 1/9/2002