[ubuntu-uk] [marketing] Is it legal? (Asia)

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Wed Aug 1 18:53:39 BST 2007

Given that Acer have said that there is no demand for Linux on laptops
in UK (article note 1) but *are* rolling out laptops with Ubuntu in
Asia, it is notable that even in Asia, readers are not expected to
know anything about Linux or Ubuntu.

In the following article (note 2) Asia Cnet gives a half hearted heads
up about Ubuntu, with the implication that the readership is totally
uninformed about Ubuntu.

If this is happening where Acer obviously think there *is* a demand,
it signals just how much work we have yet to do in UK, where Acer
apparently thinks there is 'none'.

Extracts from article (note 2):
.......'The catch: It is running on the Ubuntu Linux OS instead of the
ubiquitous Windows operating system'

.......'Is this legal? Don't you have to pay for the Linux license,
you ask?'

.......'However, note that the full retail version of Windows Vista
starts at S$340.01 (US$216.94) for the Basic Edition. So unless you
have tried Ubuntu Linux, it will make more economic sense to purchase
the Acer Aspire 5710Z with Windows Home Premium Edition at S$1,198
(US$762.95) and install Ubuntu later.'

Note 1:
Acer: 'No UK demand' for Linux laptops

Note 2:
How to get a discount for an Acer notebook

alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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