[ubuntu-uk] ubuntu in india

Chris Fox chris at robotninja.net
Fri Jun 22 07:09:50 UTC 2012

On 22/06/12 07:38, richard wrote:
> On 21/06/12 17:47, john wrote:
>> Thought that this may be interesting :
>> ww.h-online.com/open/news/item/Dell-to-bring-Ubuntu-laptops-to-850-retail-stores-in-India-1620657.html
> so why not sell them here too ?

 From what I recall, they did for a while and it was a monumental
failure. Perhaps it was before its time, perhaps Dell didn't do a good
enough job of marketing it, but either way I think they did it for a
while and then binned the idea.

Personally I'd like to see someone try it again. The big stumbling
block, I think, isn't telling Joe Public that Ubuntu is better than
Windows: They can figure that out for themselves, and if they can't then
maybe for them Ubuntu /isn't/ better.

What Dell, or PC World, or whoever tries this at a national level needs
to educate your average home user about is that Ubuntu is different, and
isn't compatible with Windows, and why. I vaguely recall stories from
the last time someone tried selling pre-loaded Linux laptops to Joe
Public that a number of users were returning them as "faulty" because
their Windows software didn't work.

Good luck to the chap who posted to this list a few days ago trying to 
do the same thing - I hope it's a big success.


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