By all means, recommend cool software to us, but please do not expect a review of your software independent of submitted hardware.
We are not able to review all hardware products submitted for review. It would be a good idea to contact us before submitting a review unit.
We focus predominantly on hardware which works well under Linux. If your system, peripheral, device or gadget does not offer Linux drivers, we will probably not evaluate it fully. Possibly, we will give it a negative evaluation (i.e. "does not play nicely with Linux") in the blog — and it certainly won“t show up in our hardware recommendations.
In the case of computers, you or we may wish to compare operating speeds and (certain) features between Linux and Windows. In such cases it is helpful to have two units to evaluate side by side.
If you provide only one system for review, your unit will be first evaluated with the provided operating system (typically Windows) and benchmarked.
This is followed by wiping the OS and applications and installing an appropriate Linux distribution and evaluating under Linux.
In such cases your system will not be re-imaged with Windows prior to returning the evaluated system.
Return or disposal policy for reviewed hardware
Please provide prepaid return labels when submitting a sample for review.
If you do not wish for the unit to be returned, please provide a written release of interest. We will then:
raffle off the unit on the MOST.Guru site or another site owned by Bachofner Investments Group, LLC or
we will donate the unit to a recognized (accredited) school or [501(C)(3)] charity or
we will e-cycle the unit (those devices and systems we believe cause significantly more trouble then they are worth)
In very rare cases we may wish to keep the unit in the MOST.Guru inventory for:
ongoing internal production use (which we will typically note on the site, adding significant credibility to our positive review of your product) or
continued testing, for example with updated or new operating systems
In such cases we may ask to keep the unit at no charge if relatively inexpensive (i.e. < $250) or would ask for an editorial accommodation price if more expensive. The final arrangement will be disclosed on the site in an addendum to any published review.