Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2007 06:25 UTC, submitted by JK
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Acer Aspire 5710Z has gone on sale in Singapore pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows. Ubuntu is currently one of the world's most popular and easiest-to-use Linux distributions. But a spokesperson for Acer told ZDNet.co.uk on Tuesday that the company - one of the world's top laptop manufacturers - had 'no plans' to sell any Linux-based systems in the UK. "[Acer models] with Ubuntu pre-loaded are available at the factory level. However, there is no demand for it in the UK. Therefore, those configurations are not an option [for UK customers] at the moment," said the spokesperson.
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No Demand...!
by mlauzon on Wed 1st Aug 2007 14:19 UTC
mlauzon
Member since:
2005-07-25

I am not in the UK, but in Canada...don't you just love how companies are still telling endusers after all these years that there is no demand (read: no market) for our products.

For example, take all the video game companies, they've been telling us since the '80s that there is no market for RPGs in North America, that is why we hardly get any.

Stop telling us, the endusers, that there is no market...how do you know, have you actually asked us what products we use?!

Simple answer to that: No.

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RE: No Demand...!
by Yamin on Wed 1st Aug 2007 14:49 in reply to "No Demand...!"
Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

What are you talking about? Do you think companies don't want your business?

And as a Canadian, you might be aware of good RPGs from Bioware like Baldur's Gate... We have plenty of RPGs in North America. Now, even on the console there are good RPGs (jade empire, morrowwind, oblivian...)

Now if you want some the same Japanese RPGs...well despite the worship of Japanese culture by some North Americans, they're just not that popular with most people. Not popular enough to warrant selling it here.

But back on topic...linux in the UK. Here, there might be a case of corporate nudging. Maybe they only want to sell ubuntu in market with high piracy. Maybe they might lose some special deals with MS if they sell in the UK...or maybe...just maybe...there is just not enough demand in the UK.

In either case, ID software is not the MS of gaming, scaring away RPG competition.

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RE[2]: No Demand...!
by mlauzon on Wed 1st Aug 2007 15:14 in reply to "RE: No Demand...!"
mlauzon Member since:
2005-07-25

I know about the ones from BioWare, I do not include them in what I said...of course I should have been more specific. I was talking about all the RPGs that Japan has -- and has had; predating BioWare -- that none of the gaming companies want to translate to English because they still believe there is no demand in North America. There is a lot of demand for Japanese RPGs, gaming companies still stick to some unproven notion that is going on 30 years old that no one in NA really likes RPGs...well it's been disproven time and again.

It's the same thing that Acer is doing to the people of the UK. Did they ask...again the answer always tends to be "No"; it's a bad business choice. Sharp did the same thing to Canada, when they came out with their Linux-based PDA, we had to buy it from the US which cost us almost two times as much. I, and other consumers -- possibly -- are getting tired of this.

What if your favourite videocard, etc. vendor decided not to sell a certain card where you live, but sold it everywhere else?

What has id Software to do with anything, until they bring out an RPG?

Edited 2007-08-01 15:20

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