[ubuntu-uk] Dells with Ubuntu

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Sun May 27 20:37:15 BST 2007

On 26/05/07, LeeUKHA <mailinglists at varga.co.uk> wrote:
> Why bother?
> I just compared a Vista vs. Fiesty Inspiron laptop and the answer is....
> It's (like for like*) $29 cheaper to buy a Vista laptop and install
> Fiesty on it yourself...
> Jeez... only Dell could replace a $40 OS with a free one and make it $69
> more expensive...  I really despair sometimes....
> Lee
> *The headline Ubuntu laptop comes with half the memory and integrated
> graphics...

As someone pointed out on another thread (or possibly another mailing
list), the reason for the difference is that ISPs and other software
vendors (such as Norton/Symantec) pay Dell to include 'free' software
trials with the Vista machine, which is what brings the price down.

So it's not just Dell, any hardware vendor will probably be able to
offer Windows machines cheaper than Linux ones.

A level playing field is what we need (or a load of sponsored trial
software on Ubuntu - on second thoughts, looking at the crap that
comes with Windows, maybe it's worth paying extra :-)    ).


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