I've worked as a business consultant as well. My main functions where/is to assist with outsourcing and manufacturing in different fields, but my passion has always been in technology.
For the past 2 years almost, I've been outsourcing and testing fair-production ODM/OEM laptops and desktops. The microsoft aftermarket is enormous. The virus market is enormous! While working with a tech support company, I was almost fired at one point for mentioning linux to their customer. Of course, I had to keep my mouth shut, but this went against my principals and inspired me even more. I may or may not a huge impact in the market immediately, but if I inspire and reach one user a day - Im happy.
I feel It's unfair to those without knowledge be exploited (in most cases, someone's grandparent is being financially exploited). Of course there's always the argument that those who are hungry hunt, but in a conformist world, I feel it's my calling to expand knowledge through opensource. It's the age of information after all.
Currently the computers are still being tested, but there will be a launch within 2 months time hopefully.
As for the distro - I love SolydXK and would love to implement it to specific models!
On every sale, funds will go to opensource projects and Solydxk (if you allow me to sell pre-installed Solydxk laptops).
There are two types of pcs I plan to sell. A simple super user-friendly os and the business version -- SolydK. Of course there'll need to be more investment on customer support and what not, but thats a whole other subject.
I hope to contribute as much as possible to the SolydXK project. Some people even think I make money out of linux/gnu because I talk about it so much. I say, this passion will continue to be my business' catalyst.
Thank you for all the time and dedication you've put into this. I just hope I'll be able to the same