[ubuntu-uk] HP, Dell, et al - come to Linux!

john beddard john at creationspacetech.org
Wed Jun 20 15:57:23 UTC 2012

On Wed, 2012-06-20 at 16:22 +0100, kpb at sohcahtoa.org.uk wrote:
> Hello All
> Alas, I suspect this interesting looking device is not going to be mass marketed.
> It will be available only from Microsoft shops or by mail order from Microsoft.
> Sounds like a 'reference platform' or 'concept' to me
> I could be wrong and sort of hope I am for similar reasons.
> Cheers
> >---- Original Message ----
> >From: mac <ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk>
> >To: British Ubuntu Talk <ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com>
> >Sent: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:47:34 +0100 (BST)
> >Subject: [ubuntu-uk] HP, Dell, et al - come to Linux!
> >
> >Now that MS is telling Dell, HP, and the rest of its OEMs that they are 
> >not its future...
> >
> >http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/microsoft-pc-and-tablet-makers-youre-not-our-future-195877
> >
> >...perhaps the hardware firms will smell the coffee and start 
> >pre-installing and seriously supporting Linux? #BusinessModels :)
> >
> >mac
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The usual pattern is to try out new products in the upper (low volume)
business market niche. Whilst production and product bugs can be
gradually sorted out. Then gradually reducing the cost of production
with increased volumes. Moving the original model down market as the
next new model surfaces.

The trend in manufacturing is away from China, towards localised,
closely linked manufacturing units. But I haven't seen them buy out any
manufacturer. Unless they intend to capitalise on Nokia's manufacturing
know-how : by buying them. So that the devices will probably be built in

Just as it was a mistake for Nokia to continue manufacturing their own
phones. It will be a bigger mistake for M$ to do so. Much better to stay
focussed on the software and innovation side.

In any case, I guess patch-Tuesdays are going to be even more busier for
the in-crowd.


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