Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2007 23:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Acer is planning to sell Linux-based PCs to the UK market, the company told ZDNet.co.uk. On Thursday Acer contacted ZDNet.co.uk with the following statement: "At this moment in time Acer UK does not have a PC available with Linux pre-loaded, but we are looking at introducing one in the future." This appears to represent a reversal of Acer's previous statements on the matter, which suggested that the manufacturer had no plans to sell PCs here with a pre-installed open-source operating system.
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RE[2]: Slowly, but surely.....
by butters on Fri 3rd Aug 2007 03:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Slowly, but surely....."
butters
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I like the "Decade of the Linux Desktop" characterization. Google says you're the fourth person to say that.

Most software discovery happens through word of mouth. Microsoft spent untold millions on the Vista launch, but most people don't realize that there's a new Windows until they see it on someone's computer. A significant chunk of the Windows userbase still doesn't know there's a new Windows.

People don't know about Linux because they never see it on anyone's computer, and advertising can't really change that. It would take nothing short of Mark Shuttleworth buying all the ad time in the next Superbowl to make a dent in Linux awareness.

Linux will gradually gain converts, increasing the probability of any given person discovering Linux, and creating a positive feedback loop. Many aspects of free software are based on network effects, and marketshare is certainly no exception.

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