[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Profile

Dougie Richardson ddrichardson at btinternet.com
Mon Oct 29 15:51:10 GMT 2007


On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 12:04 +0000, Tony Travis wrote:

> I've got a HP Pavillion dv5000 with a "Designed for Windows XP" sticker 
> on it - To me, it makes more sense to devote time and effort to making 
> sure Ubuntu runs on main-stream commodity PC's 'designed' to run Windows 
> than asking people to limit their purchases to PC's 'designed' to run 
> Linux. By and large Ubuntu does run on 'commodity' PC's, most of which 
> are supplied with Windows drivers for WiFi suitable for use with NDIS.
> Manufacturers respond to competition and, like it or not, Ubuntu on the 
> desktop is still a very small niche market. If large manufacturers like 
> Dell and HP start to perceive Linux support on their products as a good 
> competitive advantage then they will provide it, as they are now doing. 
> I personally think that complaining about lack of support for Linux from 
> manufacturers who don't see a Linux market for their products is futile.

This may happen sooner than expected, with respect to HP: here's an
interview with HP's Randy Hergett, Director of Engineering
3Ahp-randy-hergett-shares-hps-open-source-priorities-vision&Itemid=1&option=com_content). He has some interesting comments on desktop.

Dougie Richardson

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