Ubuntu.com listing laptops?
ghodmode at ghodmode.com
Thu May 10 13:06:54 UTC 2007
On 5/10/07, jarrodhenry at comcast.net <jarrodhenry at comcast.net> wrote:
> I would not want to see that, because the goal of Ubuntu should be to get
> a Free OS out there to all. I don't think we should turn our front page
> into an adblock for them. I mean, after all, System76 and a bunch of others
> have been doing Ubuntu Laptops for awhile now. Where's the support for
> What happens if Lenova comes along and wants to do the deal as well.. do
> we put them on the page? Now HP, Compaq, and Lenova are in.. do we put
> equal sized ads up for them all? It's taking a slippery slope type
> argument, but eventually we might see the day when there are just too many
> vendors, and we're putting too much of them up on the home page, and we're
> losing the content.
> As it stands, when I open Ubuntu.com, I don't see a single ad on the
> page. It needs to stay that way. We're in software, not hardware. The
> Dell deal is great, but we shouldn't start playing favorites.
Perhaps the idea isn't completely bad, though. What if Ubuntu were to add a
section to their site that says "Where can I buy a computer with Ubuntu
Linux Pre-Loaded?"? Allow a link and a short description for each merchant,
in alphabetical order. That wouldn't show any favoritism among merchants.
They could add a "Merchants, add your site to this list!" link.
I think that this would support all vendors who sell Ubuntu Linux-based
computers. In turn, this may also encourage more vendors to put together a
Ubuntu package. If they could get a link to their site on Ubuntu's site,
they might see more customer purchases.
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