Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 22:21 UTC
Microsoft After the more-or-less positively received "You find it, you keep it" television advertisements, it seems as if Microsoft is quickly falling back to its previous mistakes of relying on easily countered FUD-like tactics. We already discussed the blog post regarding Linux on netbooks, which was easily countered on virtually every point made. However, it gets even worse: Microsoft has ordered a study detailing what the company calls the hidden "Apple tax" that you are supposedly paying if you go Apple. Now, I'm the first to state that Apple simply doesn't provide the optimal pricing for everyone, but this Microsoft sponsored study is so completely and utterly ridiculous it makes me wonder just who on earth would look at it and go "Yeah, this looks pretty convincing!"
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by bert64 on Fri 10th Apr 2009 09:14 UTC
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Someone should take their study, and add Linux to the comparison... When the hardware costs are the same, but the software costs are zero Linux will come out ahead every time.

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RE: Linux....
by rajan r on Sat 11th Apr 2009 15:49 in reply to "Linux...."
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Assuming an OEM goes for a completely free distribution instead of something like Xandros or Linspire, Linux isn't entirely free. There is 1) higher support cost, and 2) higher rate of return.

And considering an OEM license of Home Premium hovers around $40 for whitebox makers without a licensing contract with Microsoft, it is hard to see how Linux can compete on price in the OEM market.

I can totally envision someone buying a PC because there isn't a Mac that serve the need and budget of a consumer. But I don't know any customer cheap enough to forgo, say, $40, for a Linux laptop as opposed to a Windows laptop.

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