[ubuntu-uk] Windows Free Laptops
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Nov 14 09:55:01 GMT 2008
Dale Clarke wrote:
> The Problem is that Tesco tried to get on the Acer Aspire One Linux
> bandwagon selling it at £170, but have had huge returns (see Acer Forum)
> as people have not liked the linux frontend. This in my opinion will
> leave a sour taste in Tesco's mind towards Linux and can be put squarely
> in Acer's backyard as they do not provide enough information about the
> product and have done it with a very beta type setup.
> /After writing the above I thought I would ring our local Tesco this
> morning to check and their response was that they have sold all
> theirs within 1 days last Monday and have had no returns, so maybe
> sold to Linux user's, but the person said that as like Argos they
> cannot provide software or hardware support so just do refunds,
> slightly different if you went to PC World etc.../
That's a bit disappointing. I can't help but think that some people buy
these things because they're cheap and see having a laptop as being
cool. I know a few people who have no use for a laptop and bought the
cheapest laptop possible when they could have bought a much better spec
desktop for the same money. Then there's also the problem that lots of
people perceive computer = Windows.
> Microsoft were clever in not providing any CD based software due to the
> amount of people asking for refunds, as they did not want the Oem.
> Especially with early Vista users and customers returning to XP, now you
> cannot get a refund as you cannot prove you have not run the software.
Yep, plus there's the fact that if a hard disk dies and the customer
doesn't make a set of recovery discs they'd have to fork out for another
Windows licence (or badger the manufacturer for discs). I know someone
who's been caught out on this.
> There should be and always be a refund slip in every computer in which
> you can get a refund on the Oem if you do not require it, this way
> people would realise that they are paying for the software and that it
> does not come free with the computer, as it was found out in a survey in
> Computer magazine that people perceived.
I could see this working as long as the customer was required to
Activate Windows. By default Windows generally comes pre-activated when
it's preinstalled. If however it wasn't activated and the customer had
to do this, then the customer could maybe choose not to Activate Windows
and request a refund. Otherwise what's stopping them asking for a
refund and continuing to use Windows.
> I personally now run Ubuntu 8.10 on my One with adjustments and it is
> now a great package, especially with SSH now being a standard kernel
Cool. I'm really tempted to pickup an Aspire One. I'm in the market
for a new laptop (my Thinkpad is just getting too old and slow now even
with Ubuntu Lite). Not sure if I should stump up £170 for an Aspire One
or pay the extra for a cheap Dual Core laptop.
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