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: Slowly, but surely.....
by kaiwai on Fri 3rd Aug 2007 14:37 UTC in reply to "Slowly, but surely....."
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

The only downfall I see to Linux becoming more popular, is that all those businesses that thrive on the pain of others, like anti-virus and spyware removal companies will be crying all the way because there won't be as many customers.


The question is - will Linux become popular or will Linux provide enough push for hardware companies to work with vendors willing to properly support alternative operating systems.

If Linux makes vendor start using hardware which uses opensource drivers or from vendors who properly supported hardware - it should also help at the same time *BSD's and OpenSolaris/Indiana in the process.

For me, I don't want Linux to dominate; I want it to be a choice in one of many operating systems end users can choose from. I want the ability to go off, purchase a laptop or desktop - and be able to install any operating system I want on it without concern as to whether it is properly/completely supported.

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Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"If Linux makes vendor start using hardware which uses opensource drivers"

The push should be on Free Driver not Open Source , we already have tons of open Source driver that serve as basis for closed source driver , that are not in use or funded or maintained properly , they push out usage and maintaining of the driver at the very base of witch the where built on.

it should also help at the same time *BSD's and OpenSolaris/Indiana in the process.

Witch is a really bad thing , being able to run is not the same thing as officially supported , you don't get any developer , no support , no official documentation and no one to certify and make sure the hardware fully work and fully support it or patch what's missing and needed.

For me, I don't want Linux to dominate

You prefer BSD's way of having no hardware strategy that led them to have no hardware support at all or Solaris making it's own hardware instead of being made to run on everything that's available.

The Reality , today , is GNU/Linux dominate , you just refuse to accept it.

"I want it to be a choice in one of many operating systems end users can choose from."

Gnu/Linux is already giving and supporting that idea and strategy.

The real problem is that other's OS developer , user and solution maker don't , they don't know what they are doing and they don't care if there OS run on any platform or if the platform allow for everyone OS to work. It's kinda funny to put the burden of having other's OS run on all hardware on GNU/Linux.

BSD also need to fix its illegality problem's and it's own community support and hardware problem. Because the reality is that if BSD's is not supported it's because the developer are incompetent , the community made no push to be officially supported and no one as decided to fund a long term project to support the OS running on some hardware.

Apple is proof that BSD' don't care and don't mater. The #2 OS on Apple hardware is GNU/Linux , followed by Windows on the Intel models. The OS is BSD's based ...

"Acer Clarifies Position on Linux PCs"

Again BSD's invade a GNU/Linux thread , instead of having it's own leader's open public discussion with acer and get it's own article about BSD's on Acer hardware. Asking why Acer don't offer BSD Worldwide is a really good question.

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