OLINUXINO.COM confusion


OLinuXino project started on March 7th and for the last two months made significant progress.

We designed and produced 10 prototypes, send them to community developers and they implemented LTIB, OpenEmbedded, ArchiLinux support in matter of weeks.

Now we have the boards in mass production and they will be for sale by the end of this Month. This is less that three months from the development start to boards ready for sale in stock!

All this shoot OLinuXino in the news. Olimex’s blog page got over 6000 hits in one day when we announced the intention to develop the new A13 board.

Soon after we started the project Don McKenzie from Dontronics who is our Australian distributor made the http://www.olinuxino.com domain and start copying there the web pages of Olinuxino boards we made on olimex.com and all articles I wrote in Olimex’s blog.

At first I didn’t see anything wrong with this as Don is just trying to help and promote the Olinuxino, but in the last weeks I saw that this web page actually confuses the people that this is an official source for Olinuxino information.

Don put on this web lot of advertising of Dontronics and other boards and this mix confuses many people who expect to read on this web for Olinuxino.

For instance Don put on the very top of this page description of another board of ours Duinomite and this author -> http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2012/05/02/pi-heralds-compact-revolution/1 decided that OLinuXino will have Arduino shield connectors, which is wrong, and reading the article is seems the author understood that OLinuXino is made by Olimex Bulgaria but didn’t quite understood that olinuxino.com is not official page for OLinuXino project at all.

Another author from Sweden goes further and writes here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.etn.se%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle%26id%3D55961 the man behing OLinuXino project is Don McKenzie…🙂

Now I understand why Massimo Banzi and Co. chase and shut down every web site with Arduino in their URL, they just want to be sure that Arduino source of information is one – their original web site.

I asked Don to link olinuxino.com to Dontronics web shop and if he want to put info about Olinuxino to do this on Dontronics web domain so to the people to be clear that this info is not from the official Olinuxino web site.

So with this blog post I would like to make it clear that OLinuXino project source for official information are: OLIMEX.COM web site, https://github.com/OLIMEX/OLINUXINO where the open source files are hosted, Olimex’s blog which you read now and OLinuXino Yahoo discussion Group http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/olinuxino/.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Max
    May 14, 2012 @ 09:10:58

    I understand your concern, but I find it rather strange that the page olinuxino.com currently points to (Don’s webshop) has no search results at all for “olinuxino”…

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    • OLIMEX Ltd
      May 14, 2012 @ 09:17:15

      indeed there is no OLinuXino info at all at Dontronics.com, but I find it now less confusing for people interested in OLinuXino to be this way instead to mislead them that olinuxino.com is official source for OLinuXino project information

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  2. Bert Vermeulen
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:54:56

    To be brutally honest, that website was a LOT better than the olimex website — which always was behind the times, now more than ever. And if Don McKenzie’s site was indeed somewhat confusing, isn’t it because the unofficial website literally had more information than the “official” channels ever did?

    My recommendation is to take a page out of his book, and to set up a proper site for the olinuxino boards. Start with the domain, and his content, and link everything on the olimex site straight there — and REMOVE it from the olimex site.

    To be even more brutally honest, you have a great product, and a huge opportunity, and you’re about to piss it all away by hiding it behind a 1995-style website.

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