[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?
aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Mon Jan 17 18:39:27 UTC 2011
On 17/01/11 14:32, Alan Pope wrote:
> I have often pondered setting up a cottage business buying naked
> laptops and ubuntifying them, but can't see there's a huge margin in
> it, but there's the potential to get sucked into very long protracted
> support conversations, negating any profit made.
I talked at some length (about Ubuntu etc) to a Day Manager at Currys
Digital locally a while back, and the harsh and brutal climate
existing in a typical retail environment became pretty apparent.
To those who are still finding Linux Emporium prices indigestible, I
point out that LE give a retail experience, with expert support. And
they are part of our community, family, if you like. Compare that with
buying a naked unit and doing a diy install, hopefully first veriying
full compatibility, or with effort and risk if not. Or buying a low
competitive priced Windows item and cleaning it out. No Ubuntu
support, often quite poor warranty support, probably with a lot of
hassle and grief if warranty was invoked I would think, after all, a
low price means low markup, and then no resources to take to your
Viewed in this light I thought that LE prices were not at all bad,
particularly when they really did perform!
Personally, I would be ok with a naked units and diy Ubuntu, as long
as I had information about compatibility.
A cottage industry would face the two markets - the existing LE 'full
retail required' market, and such as me, who wants a naked unit *with
Now that Broadcom are finding love for GNU/Linux, I remain hopeful.....
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