Linked by David Adams on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:47 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Linux Fan
Linux Dell has posted a page extolling the virtues of Linux (Ubuntu in particular), with a quick explanation of what Linux is and how it compares against Windows. Of course, the page links off to Dell's various computers that ship with Linux pre-installed.
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ssa2204
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2006-04-22

It's the same fucking hardware! You can't tell me that loading a different OS image on the disk costs that much more, because I know it doesn't. If they have the facility to offer a choice of OS at all (they do, different versions of Windows) then they can offer +1 OS at negligible cost.


The ability to load Windows, and the accompanying trial software pays for the difference. Dell gets $0 revenue in license sales, $0 revenue in trial software loading, and probably next to nothing in support subscription. You want a cheaper Ubuntu? Then accept having trial software and other junk loaded. Accept having a license model whereby the OEM can resell to cover other costs.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Or they could stop loading trial software shit that nobody wants and few people buy, thus evening out the price of the windows boxes.

Seriously! If one of the "configuration" options for Windows boxes was "* Trial software which costs extra and does things I don't want anyway" , which costs $50 to uncheck, I'd uncheck it. Maybe some people wouldn't but it would be all the same to Dell (and we'd know where our money was going).

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