[ubuntu-uk] Dell Linux Survey (until 23rd March)

Dave Ewart davee at sungate.co.uk
Thu Mar 15 10:17:13 GMT 2007

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On Thursday, 15.03.2007 at 09:29 +0000, alan c wrote:

> Martin Fitzpatrick wrote:
> > On 14/03/07, Benjamin Webb <bjwebb67 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >> On 14/03/07, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
> >>> Let Dell know what you want and how you want it!
> >>> http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/corp/linux?s=corp
> >>> --
> >> Done - seen it on digg and someone raised a point - we just have to
> >> hope this isn't simply a ploy for getting better deals with
> >> microsoft
> > 
> > Even if it is, it eats into Microsoft profits.
> I read that ms run the business with sufficient reserves to continue
> even if they had no income at  all for a period of two years.

This gives an interesting slant on this that I had not considered
before: http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/14/1417245

One of the points made is that, under a Windows pre-install, various
companies pay to have other software included (trial versions of Norton
AV and so on) that have a net effect of subsidising the cost of the PC.
One claim is that this is enough to counter-act the cost of the Windows
OEM licence and, as a result, a Linux PC (or a "no OS at all" PC) will
as a result be more expensive than a Windows PC.

So, in hardware cost terms, it may still really be cheaper for customers
who ultimately want Linux to just buy the Windows PC and then wipe off
Windows, together with all the other trial software that includes.


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