[ubuntu-uk] Windows makes PCs cheaper to buy! ... we need to respond [Dell crapware]

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk
Sat Jun 30 17:39:18 BST 2007

Quoting Mark Harrison <Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com>:

> Yup - boys and girls - it's unpalatable but it needs addressing.
> Manufacturers like Dell now receive as much money in subsidies and fees
> from companies like AOL and McAfee for installing crapware on your new
> Vista machine as they have to pay to Microsoft for the Vista licence.
> I think we ought to be making a far bigger play of the whole "Crapware"
> thing, which has done a great job of introducing hidden costs to running
> Windows:

Personally, I don't think this is the right way to go.  I understand  
the reasoning behind the above, and a few years ago, I would have been  
100% behind it, however recently I have found that if I start saying  
"Linux does this but Windows doesn't", or "Windows is rubbish - use  
Linux", people think that there is something wrong with Linux.

I now adopt the tatic "Look - Office is free on Linux - so is  
antivirus software and the updates for it!" - most people know that  
these things cost money on Windows, slagging Windows off in order to  
promote Linux doesn't seem like the most tactical way of solving this  

We should be promoting Linux on it's individual merits, not the fact  
that windows is crap.

My £.02,

Matt (donning flame-proof jacket as we speak...).

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace
Group Co-Ordinator
Thanet Linux User Group
matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk
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