[ubuntu-uk] Dixons/PC World response .....

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu May 9 20:51:59 UTC 2013

On 09/05/13 12:34, scoundrel50a wrote:
> On 09/05/2013 10:39, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
>> On 05/06/2013 01:55 PM, Barry Drake wrote:
>>> On 02/05/13 16:14, alan c wrote:
>>>> I have often got undesirable responses from almost ANY 'shops' selling
>>>> PCs, although I have not tried much now that Android is blossoming so
>>>> well, and Chromebooks.
>>> I have posted my actions in full at: Ubuntu bug #1 - see:
>>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1
>> I find it very interesting that nearly four years ago, when I bought
>> my Toshiba Netbook with Ubuntu Remix from Dixons, they were selling
>> like hot cakes, far better than the equivalent Windows machines.
>> Then suddenly, overnight, they disappeared. Now what retailer would
>> remove a best-selling line instantly like that, /unless /there was
>> some sort of external pressure to do so? ;-(
> When I bought my Acer Aspire with Linux Lite on it, the guy in PCWorld
> said that it might not connect to the internet and there was no support,
> and they were getting loads returned because nobody knew how to use it,
> so if I couldnt get it to work, I could get my money back......which
> tells me that is why Linux based computers disappeared.

A few years ago, I requested, and was granted, a chat with the Manager 
of PCWorld (Reading). I  asked if I could do a small demo of (Ubuntu) 
near the door one weekend, and hand out leaflets. I showed one of my 
(computer fair) leaflets. It was a relaxed conversation. He simply asked
'Can I sell it?'
I said,
'Well, it is free.'
He responded, before hurriedly rushing off,
'Not interested.'

alan cocks

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