Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2006 15:33 UTC, submitted by Zeek Greko
Linux "The eWeek headline read 'Linux Desktop Needs Major Vendor Support.' A hopeful Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols opinion piece that someday, somewhere, some company will have the guts to face down Microsoft and make it possible for anyone and everyone to easily buy a GNU/Linux desktop. The 'some company' he was referring to was obviously the tier one vendors: IBM, HP, and Dell. While we're waiting for these tier ones to become so inclined, perhaps the GNU/Linux community's appropriate course of action should be to do what we should have done long ago. That is, to create a Linux-specific hardware vendor (or vendors) of our own."
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You know, I'd bet....
by hauger on Fri 10th Feb 2006 21:23 UTC
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I'm going to bet that the fellows that run the current top-tier and mid-tier consumer desktop supply businesses (Dell, IBM, Gateway, etc...) all like making money. In fact, I'm pretty sure of it. As such, I'm also quite sure that they've had quite a few really clever people look into other avenues of revenue, such as offering the fabled Linux desktop. I'll also bet that these guys found that the return on investment was less from selling Linux systems vs. Windows systems.

Hardware is a business of volumes. The volume required to make a Dell-competing hardware company based on Linux are not there. Want proof? None of the big companies are doing it yet. Why? The volumes aren't there, and so, neither is the money.

Sure, it's a chicken and the egg senario....if Linux isn't available pre-installed on affordable hardware, how'll it garner enough market share and mind space to be able to support a business running pre-installed affordable hardware.

Believe me, I'm a linux supporter through and through and think that choice in products is always good, however, the money simply isn't there. Not only that, but if any company manages to slog it out and carve out a decent living on linux boxes, it won't take long for the Dell's of the world to notice, sell the same linux boxes and crush the original upstart. Trust me on this.

It really is all about economics. There's no major supply today because there's no profitable level of demand. Once demand grows, supply, very natually follows. Unfortunately, idea's like this tend to see things in reverse, if Company X creates the supply, well, then, the demand will naturally follow. The problem is, it doesn't work that way.

Edited 2006-02-10 21:42

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