[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Andy Braben andybraben at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 11:15:55 UTC 2011

On 17 January 2011 11:05, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:

> On 17 January 2011 10:59, Jon Spriggs <jon at sprig.gs> wrote:
>> Less taxes, oh and paying the person who's installing Linux. And the HR
>> person who's making sure they're doing everything right by the person. And
>> electricity, to, you know, keep the building running while they're doing the
>> installations. Oh, Buildings? Rent, council tax, etc. Heaven forbid? That
>> £50/machine profit suddenly becomes £10/machine loss, if you're lucky, and
>> probably a LOT worse.
>> Sadly, I made the same sort of mistake in my GCSE Business Studies
>> coursework 17 years ago, except my genius plan was to build custom-made
>> machines from parts sourced from shops. The fact of the matter is that
>> simply going in and asking for 50 machines, while it might have worked for
>> Michael Dell (who did something similar with IBM to start out), isn't going
>> to cut it in today's 1/2% margin markets
> Okay, so you're now talking different things... because you're suggesting
> that sourcing the parts, assembling them etc. costs less than £250
> (including VAT)??
> Do you know this?
> If not, why don't these people get the machines pre-assembled from PC World
> or whatever?  Probably find they'd do them for £200, so that's a potential
> £100 mark-up AND they don't have to bother doing any assembly.
> You can automate it, because you know the specification of the hardware.
> "Installing Linux" will merely be a 5-minute disc image copy, hardly
> resource-intensive is it?
> Or have I missed something??
> Sean
Advertising has certainly been missed which is expensive. And also who would
buy these products? Members on this list might, but as most people know
nothing different to Microsoft and even if they do, don't want it. It is not
something that I would see as profitable.

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