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 abraxas on Sun 5th Aug 2007 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Slowly, but surely....."
abraxas
Member since:
2005-07-07

It's been the year of desktop Linux since, hmm, 1990? Having one possibly two major vendors supplying a line of Linux based desktops, to me, doesn't signal that there's be any rush to get them.

Only a time traveler would even know what Linux was in 1990.

Lets assume the operating system is "ready" (which is debated at great length), there needs to be a massive marketing campaign to inform consumers sufficiently to make any 12 month period the "year of desktop linux". Who pays for this? No single vendor will pay for this alone only to allow their competitors to feed off it.

Not really. This won't help consumer sales at all. Linux and associated companies do not have enough money to market Linux like Microsoft does. Linux will make it the same way that Microsoft did originally, in the business place. People have no idea what an OS is and there is little marketing can do to change that.

I'd suggest it'd be wiser to say this is the "Decade of the Linux Desktop".

I think that is more correct and depending on who you ask this is the culmination of a decade of desktop linux or it is the beginning of decade of desktop linux.

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flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Only a time traveler would even know what Linux was in 1990.


Uh, no. I was there.

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

Uh, no. I was there.

Are you on something or are you just joking? Linux wasn't even released until 1991.

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