__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Tuesday 30 May 2006 19:55 \__
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> OpenSUSE costs you $0 and delivers more software, better stability,
>> hardware support, and security.
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| There's no word better than "ultimate" to convey the impression that
>>| you're getting nothing but the best. However, when it comes to
>>| Microsoft's new software, whatever you end up getting is going to cost
>>| you heaps.
>>| And all those bits and bytes can be yours for just US$679, the price of
>>| a fairly handy desktop computer.
>> SUSE Smackdown hit the front page of Digg, by the way:
>> That's tens/hundreds of thousands of readers. Free publicity for Linux.
> At £350 for an operating system, I think a lot of people would be willing
> to consider an alternative pre-install. Here's a thought - if a major
> retailer like Dixons/PCWorld were to offer machines pre-installed with
> Linux & Freedos, but offer a bundled price for Windows which could be
> held available for, say, 2 months, then I wonder how many people would
> be willing to pay the extra £350 for something which they'd probably
> find didn't offer them any advantage?
Well, if they present them as 'naked boxes', neither Microsoft nor the
prospective customers will be overly enthusiastic. Vis-a-vis large vendors,
Tesco announced that they will start selling desktops and laptops. This was
yesterday, or the day before. If it were Asda (which could soon follow
suit), I would go about making Linux inferences, due to their connection
> The retailer's perspective is going to come from margin. If their
> margin is consistent across hardware and software generally, then
> they'll prefer to sell to a given budget, irrespective of whether that's
> in hardware or software. They won't be all that keen on /giving away/
> linux, but they'd surely be prepared to sell it. Imagine they make 10%
> on Windows at £350, that's £35. If they could sell Linux at £40
> instead, then they'd be better off... of course they sell virus guards
> too, and probably make a margin of eg., £5 on that, but if they could
> sell support for £5/month for x mins instead... and so on.
> I'm sure that there's money to be made here.
It's only a matter of eduction and FUD suppression at the moment. Just return
to that point of the "naked PC" controversy and see what I'm talking
about. The (commercial) software industry is going out of its way to mask
the truth. Inevitably, truth will happen (Red Hat's phrase).
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