|In reply to Comment 21 (corpse):|
"Frankly put, the prices of this stuff is too high for the negligible benefits."
Again, the Avalanche approach is not about selling Pegasos motherboards (alone), so it's rather a matter of showing how much value this total package brings to an interested corporation and proving that the price tag for the service as a hole (which will put the price tag of the Pegasos in a dark shadow, make no mistake about that) still is quite attractive.
"What exactly sets it apart from the also Linux capable (and better supported) PPC boxen from Apple (aka Mac's) isn't clear"
Again, comparisons between different motherboards or computer systems isn't too relevant here, because motherboards is not what the customers are buying. But I don't quite agree that the Mac's would have better linux support than the Pegasos. What do you base that statement on?
AFAIK, Terrasoft has a rather unique position as an "Apple Authorized OEM VAR" that "has been granted a unique license to install Yellow Dog Linux on Apple computers and maintain full Apple hardware warranty for home, commercial, education, and government customers". Perhaps there are others too that has the right to sell Mac's as Linux boxes, I don't know of any (but it doesn't matter). However, their "linux boxes" comes pre-configured "á la Mac Desktop", which may not be suited for all occasions, and not only do they offer limited customisation possibility, they would probably also be more difficult to get good profit margins from.