Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Sep 2009 18:01 UTC
Windows Microsoft has been very protective over its OEM pricing, and while various figures float around the web, the company has never really confirmed or denied any of them. At the Jefferies Annual Technology Conference, however, Charles Songhurst, general manager of Corporate Strategy, revealed some of the pricing details for OEMs.
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RE[2]: Strange pricing structure?
by rockwell on Wed 16th Sep 2009 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Strange pricing structure?"
rockwell
Member since:
2005-09-13

Not to mention Windows (and/or OS X) is a true value for the person who wants a computer that works without having to recompile their kernel to enable an Nvidia driver, or dick around with software updates that break working configurations (wireless on ubuntu).

Which pretty much covers 98.99% of the computing public.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Not to mention Windows (and/or OS X) is a true value for the person who wants a computer that works without having to recompile their kernel to enable an Nvidia driver, or dick around with software updates that break working configurations (wireless on ubuntu).

Which pretty much covers 98.99% of the computing public.


Exactly the opposite experience on my Lenovo S10e netbook. Wireless drivers still do not work correctly, yet Ubuntu 9.04 just works.
In general, now there is less hassle in Ubuntu about drivers than in Windows.

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strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Cheesh.

Hope for as good luck after six months, if nothing else breaks in-between.

I think everyone has heard enough of these

JustWorks(tm)
WorksForMe(tm)
WorksInUbuntu(tm)

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


Exactly the opposite experience on my Lenovo S10e netbook. Wireless drivers still do not work correctly, yet Ubuntu 9.04 just works.
In general, now there is less hassle in Ubuntu about drivers than in Windows.


Off topic: it's very annoying that people report success stories with ath5k driver, creating an illusion about it being a decent driver. It's not, it's a piece of cr*p that works quite unreliably (slow, flaky connection) for many users. Probably something to do with noise levels.

I still have to use ndiswrapper on my asus eee 900 / jaunty for this reason. It's nowhere near close enough to motivate me to sell my soul and switch to windows though.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Yea well the wireless driver in my Vista laptop acts as an anti-virus agent and makes my computer 1000% faster.

Seriously enough with the WorksForME crap. Wireless support isn't as good in Linux as it is in Windows. Unproven, anecdotal forum snipes are not going to change this.

Dell Mini 9 wireless broken from 9.04 update
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1152063

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looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

On some machines that has proven to be very true.

My computer runs BeOS and Ubuntu flawlessly, but Windows XP or Vista have hell getting going ( Windows 7 works as well as Ubuntu, though ).

Haiku also runs very well - though not with my sound card ( without some effort, that is ).

--The loon

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