[Bug 1] Bundling and support
robin at robinwinslow.co.uk
Wed Jul 9 11:50:00 UTC 2008
John, would you mind keeping the subject as "[Bug 1] Re: Microsoft has
a majority market share" - so that it stays in the same email
conversation within Gmail?
2008/7/9 »John« <JnS.002 at gmail.com>:
> 2 Conrad:
> I just posted something like this on that thread on our forums while voting "sort of...". When I was discussing the thing with one of my "Windows fellas", he said hi likes the idea and suggested something practically the same approach, so nobody would probably object against this since everyone would have a chance to try GNU/Linux without any risks and return for the OPTIONAL (this part is the most important thing from all I have said - BUNDLING ANYTHING WITH PRE-BUILT COMPUTERS SHOULD ALWAYS BE NOTHING MORE THAN JUST ONE OF THE OPTIONS, LEAVING IT'S USER TO BE THE ONE TO DECIDE WHAT'S IT GONNA BE!) Windows license if he finds the alternatives don't suit his needs.
> By the way - I don't have any personal experience with these practices, but pre-installing probably means something similar to the first phase of Windows XP installation procedure when the installer lets you create the partitions and then copies itself to the installation one, since the second phase starts with accepting the EULA, which is a formal agreement between you and Microsoft, so the hardware vendor doesn't have the right to express your approval with it for you...
> I don't have any objections against bundling or pre-installing stuff as
> long as I'm free to get the same hardware without the burden of license
> fees for system I'm not gonna use, but which nobody is willing to sell
> the machine without or return the money!
> 2 jawahar & nottRobin:
> Sure thing. Starting official ubuntu jabber server with conferences like helpdesk-cz at ubuntu.com and letting the users know they're there with lots of other users willing to help novices with any issues in real time could solve a thing or two. I'm already doing something like this by actively assisting all the people I convinced to switch so consider me in.
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> Bug description:
> Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace.
> This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix.
> Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world's population and limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.
> Steps to repeat:
> 1. Visit a local PC store.
> What happens:
> 2. Observe that a majority of PCs for sale have non-free software pre-installed.
> 3. Observe very few PCs with Ubuntu and free software pre-installed.
> What should happen:
> 1. A majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software like Ubuntu.
> 2. Ubuntu should be marketed in a way such that its amazing features and benefits would be apparent and known by all.
> 3. The system shall become more and more user friendly as time passes.
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