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OSDisc.com Has Closed

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Post by BitJam » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:09 pm

Ramsey posted this announcement on his site:

OSDisc.com Has Closed
Hi Everyone,

After over 16 years, OSDisc.com has closed. If you've ordered from us, help is
still available by emailing support@osdisc.com

I started OSDisc to spread Linux and help new users get started. But providing
DVDs today has little effect on the spread of Linux. I regularly see small
distros that provide tens of thousands of downloads, but few if any DVDs are
provided by OSDisc. The vast majority of Linux users are downloading Linux
themselves. And that's a great thing to see.

What we've accomplished:

Shipped over 300,000 discs and USB drives
Helped over 110,000 users get started with Linux
Answered over 25,000 tech support tickets
Given back over $200,000 to the open source community

Thank you to everyone for making OSDisc possible for the past 16 years.

Sincerely,
Ramsey Brenner
OSDisc.com Founder


Ramsey was *extremely* helpful in the development of live-usb-maker. I saw a YouTube video yesterday from a popular (Windows oriented) tech site that said $40 to $80 was a reasonable price for a Linux live-usb!! I was going to direct them to OSDisc which has reasonable prices and I discovered that they were closed. I checked Distrowatch to be sure and their ad was no longer there.

OSDisc provided tech support for the live systems they sold so Ramsey has a ton of experience keeping live systems running and the things that could go wrong. IMO Ramsey was helpful in making our live system more robust and more useful to more people. MX and antiX are better because of his help and experience.
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Re: OSDisc.com Has Closed

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:22 pm

I got an email from him early last week about this and have started to look for a reasonable and reliable alternative, since many MX users have ordered from him.

Too bad we can't do it ourselves through "the antiX/MX Store."
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Re: OSDisc.com Has Closed

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Post by malspa » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:09 pm

Wow. OSDisc was a great resource for me back when I was on dial-up, and even for a few years after. My first Mepis discs came from them. And what's kinda sad for me is that I was recently doing some house-cleaning and decided to get rid of my old Linux CDs and DVDs, including several that I purchased from that company, years back. Besides the old Mepis discs, I had KNOPPIX discs, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, many others. I also had Ubuntu disks but back then you could get Canonical to send them to you for free.

My original intention was to keep some of them for nostalgic reasons, but you know how it goes sometimes when you get into a cleaning frenzy...

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Re: OSDisc.com Has Closed

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Post by antiX-Dave » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:10 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:22 pm
I got an email from him early last week about this and have started to look for a reasonable and reliable alternative, since many MX users have ordered from him.

Too bad we can't do it ourselves through "the antiX/MX Store."
Why not?
What is stopping it?
Writing the iso to a bulk set of usb sticks?
If it is concerning the lack of a store on the website why not use something like amazon or eBay or another third party as people on YouTube do for fan merchandise?

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:17 pm

Two things:
1) we are not an entity, so can not have a commercial enerprise
2) we do not currently have the personnel to manage that
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Re: OSDisc.com Has Closed

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Post by Pierre » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:05 am

that's quite sad, but it was also inevitable, as well.

most folks Do Download, these days,
but having said that, it was the option for some N00Bs to get up & running, quickly.

an opportunity for some eBay sellers, no doubt.
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Post by duane » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:44 pm

I got burned by another outfit selling Linux CD's.
Never a problem with OSDisc.
Sad to see him close it.
When I was on dial-up using Mepis years ago I bought quite a few copies of Mepis from him.
They were a godsend to those of us on dial-up.
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Post by kmathern » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:00 pm

I never used OSDisc but did use some others (CheapBytes?, BudgetLinuxCDs) back in the early to mid 2000s when I was still using dialup internet. One of them had a deal where you'd get 1 free CD after purchasing 10 CDs from them, if I recall correctly my first Mepis CD was a freebie.

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