[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Mon Jan 17 16:21:32 UTC 2011


On 17 January 2011 13:41, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:

> On 17/01/11 11:38, Sean Miller wrote:
>
>  And, to be honest, I'm not too worried about "personalized attention" when
>> installing if I am going to save £100 on the retail cost of the laptop...
>> it
>>
>> will presumably "work out of the box"... where I might need the support is
>> later
>>
>
> If you are happy to 'risk' that your purchase might not work completely
>  with your chosen OS, then I agree that you would certainly pay a highter
> price to use a specialist (Ubuntu) store.
>

No, what I was saying was that a company could buy laptops that are proven
to work with Linux (it isn't hard to check!) in bulk from people like DSG
and then install Linux from a disc image.

That is not a case of "might not work completely"... the company selling
will know they work completely.


> For me, if, say,  a laptop webcam was important to me, I would want to know
> it worked before I committed.
>

I'm not talking individuals here, I'm talking a supplier.


> And if I had a dislike for a large software company that has pretty well a
> monopoly, how would I feel when - with my own money, my hard earned cash - I
> later saw them advertising how many of this or that version they *sold* last
> year, including to me?
>
> If low cost is very important, then, yes, ethical decisions become difficul


Well, if the machines came with Microsoft installed then I suppose it will
be a statistic, but to be brutally honest I don't give a damn about
statistics.

Microsoft can CLAIM to have this percentage, or that percentage, of users.
Ultimately it doesn't matter.

Sean
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