Re: Woohooo! Dell + Linux
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On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 04:20:52PM -0500, Seth Goodman wrote:
> Celejar wrote on Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:27 AM -0600:
> > That's what I never get about this whole business; I want them to do
> > linux to *lower* the cost by the cost of the windows license. I
> > suppose they're targeting people who want the convenience, not the
> > cost saving.
> I think that's exactly right.
> > I'd actually rather do the install myself, to customize it properly,
> > so I suppose what I really want is a no OS box, cheaper by the cost
> > of a Windows license from the equivalent Windows one. I believe that
> > they offered no OS boxes (with FreeDos, IIRC) at least at one point,
> > but I don't think they were cheaper than the Windows ones.
> Most people could not complete a Linux install without a phone call to
> tech support. I suspect that's one part of the reason there are so
> few no-OS boxes. When the install doesn't turn out right, their first
> call is to the people who sold them the hardware, even though that's
> the least likely place to have a problem. Technically sophisticated
> users do not tend to do this, but that's a pretty small market.
the cost of dell (or other products) includes window support and
payments from Microsoft and other software makers. This is almost the
'profit' to dell. With an o/s less computer, they would not get this
'profit' and would have to pay a high price to support the linux users.
That would be a large enough amount that no one would want to adopt
linux. Unless they said that you would not get any support and you'd
have to pay for it from a 3rd party.
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