Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:00 UTC, submitted by Sonia Mehta
Apple "I want Vista to be a better OS than it's been promoted to be, but at the same time, I also want OS X to finally receive the public adoption that it deserves. Now is the time for Apple to creatively promote its Macintosh platform with OS X. This is the critical hour, and if Apple is able to take advantage of the uneasy feeling that many have towards Vista, then they could attract an untold amount of new users."
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by Square on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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the only problem for linux, hp, dell, compaq, gateway don't sale pc under linux

they have fear of microsoft?

There are far too many problems with OEMs installing linux then just fear of microsoft. For example what distro would they use?

Ubuntu? then tell customers they have to do things illegal to get multimedia playback

Linspire? Then deal with the hordes of anti-linspire zelots bitching that its not "real" linux

Then you have the issue of 3rd party software, and I don't just mean MS office. When you buy a system chances are it's preloaded with all sorts of ads, stuff like AoL, yahoo toolbar ect. While the lack of these things is a good thing for the customer part of the reason OEMs still sell 299$ PCs is they make money off the advertising space on the desktop

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by collinm on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:26 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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company have just choose most popular distribution...

it's only a choice like they need to do when it choose to include an antivirus and other software

in Latin America, hp sale mandriva

they only need to do a special release, or include software like real player or add a like to install they software via the web

we don't care about anti-linspire and other zelots... anyway this kind of user don't buy this kind of computer (hp, dell...)

you can continue to have some ads
if this company alreay do it for some country, they can do it for the rest of the world

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by ma_d on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:30 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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You could simply offer Linspire and instructions on how to get the hardware working in general. The "zealouts" know how to do an install, they just want to know their hardware is really, truly, supported before they invest $2,000.

The point about 3rd party software is unfortunate, but you could use it as a mode of advertisement if you were the first to do it: Sell Linux PC's for the same price without any extra software or ads installed. I know there are non-technical people out there who actively dislike all the crap their PC gets shipped to them with.

Us techies just wipe it and get an OEM disk out.

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