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Re: [News] Complete Vista: $600 to British People

On Fri, 06 Oct 2006 20:29:53 +0100
Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> __/ [ ed ] on Friday 06 October 2006 20:07 \__
> > On Fri, 06 Oct 2006 19:52:09 +0100
> > Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> >> Heck, one can buy two Linux boxes for that price (of a licence
> >alone) > 
> >>
> http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/windows_vista?camp_id=email_w23_vista
> >> 
> >> Ripoffsoft Windows. And I thought Service Packs were delivered for
> >> free... and Vista still awaits that needed security update. An
> >annual > subscription for bugfixes (Live OneCare) doesn't toast the
> >bagel...
> > 
> > Well,
> > 
> > [ the urls for this site are long, I've used something to shorten
> > them ]
> > 
> > Windows Basic 155(ukp)             ~= http://s5h.net/u?7c
> > Windows Vista Home Premium 185(ukp) > http://s5h.net/u?7c
> > Windows Vista Ultimate 325(ukp)     > http://s5h.net/u?b1
> > 
> > But nothing new about these system boxes.
> > 
> > You do know, you don't in fact have to pay money for a linux box in
> > America, anyone can walk into 'freepc' or whatever they're called,
> > and get a box for just assembling five pcs, and get some extras
> > also.
> > 
> > I could do that for a few weekends and build a corporate network!
> This reminds me of voluntary work various groups are doing in the US
> (and elsewhere). Here is a nice little video:
> http://youtube.com/watch?v=V8tSRJ8e3b0

Yeah that's the sort of project. I think there's a project that gives
out business advice to people wanting to start up that project in their
area. They need around 25,000 USD to get started.

> It is nice to see an army of volunteers (even retired people)
> dedicating their lives to helping others gain access to technology.
> Would you ever expect corporations to do something similar without
> requiring something in return (e.g. getting the customers locked in
> and highly-dependent)?

Well, some companies do things to just get a customer base. Or to get
cross sales. Just depends on the business model. In the freepc model you
get people involved to do the work, then they get pcs which they can't
sell for a greater sum of money than people would get if they just
asked the company for a (free) one. 

For the OS movement, it's great as the workers just give Linux pcs to
people, but they can't really sell them for much.

The people running the show are a real corporation, who want to make
money. Their money comes from selling the raw materials back. The gold
from circuit boards, the silicon, the metals, the (recyclable)

Regards, Ed                      :: http://www.bsdwarez.net
just another perl person
Chuck Norris is the person that is above Supreme Kai. 

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