__/ [ 7 ] on Thursday 23 February 2006 18:45 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ B Gruff ] on Thursday 23 February 2006 00:07 \__
>>> Well well, Dell:-)
>> Don't get too excited:
>> Dell think they can pull a fast one: selling Linux for the same price as
>> the equivalent offering with a Windows XP licence. Just remove the "n"
>> from the model and then search the Web, hitting the first result. The
>> truth is suddenly unravelled.
>> Having said that, it is nice that Dell are making progress. It is no sur-
>> prise either. Michael Dell gave 100 millions dollars _out of his own pock-
>> et_ to Red Hat Linux. That was over 6 months ago if I recall correctly, so
>> it was bound to happen. The open PC (void hard-drive), on the contrary,
>> was /more/ expensive than the equivalent with Windows. So let's call that
>> *progress*, but avoid unnecessary enthusiasm.
> I agree.
> So who cares about Dell$ if they sell PCs with GNU/Linux and overcharge?
> Dell$ nowwhere to be seen when it comes to competitive value for money.
I was going to defend that using the same argument that you had already
> There are companies like E-sys that sell supported Linux computers with
> warranty, software like Open Office etc a lot cheaper than dell$.
> For 127.64 pounds you get a 2.26GHz PC.
No shit? I got my first eSys system for 170 including tax and home delivery.
It was the same price the second time they delivered. A few months ago,
somebody in the LUG's mailing list spotted the same item going for sale at
GBP 145. How cheap can computers get? Nearly as expansive as a Windows XP
licence. The same computer was said to cost around GBP 250 when sold with
Windows (Froogle, about 6 months ago, according to the UK Linux newsgroup).
PS - I warmheatedly recommend that 2.26GHz eSys model. It has been 5 months
and not a single quirk since it was set up.
7:28pm up 82 days 1:42, 8 users, load average: 1.08, 1.02, 1.01