__/ [Rick] on Wednesday 19 October 2005 11:11 \__
> On Wed, 19 Oct 2005 02:45:15 -0500, Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>> On Wed, 19 Oct 2005 03:20:13 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> * Laptops whose price is actually lowered because of the inclusion of
>>> Windows (I mentioned this before in the context of Dell, but it is not
>>> only Dell)
>>> * Bundled hardware comes with Windows (READ: gift from Microsoft)
>>> * Companies that refuse to support Linux or provide drivers
>>> * Silence among governments about corruption as in points 1 & 2
>>> Be sure to read all 3 parts. I assure you it is an interesting read.
>> Not really, since the author ignores many factors, such as fixed
>> overhead costs and amortization of development costs over expected
>> Windows machines cost less because they sell 100x as many of them, and
>> anything you do in volume is cheaper, even if it has extra costs.
> How can a volume machine with an OS installed (cost of OS and cost of
> installtion) cost more than a that machine with no OS installed?
>> He also ignores the fact that the Linux you buy on such manufacturs
>> machines isn't free (as in beer). It comes with a support contract that
>> the vendor has to pay for, and chances are the contract is more
>> expensive than the copy of Windows they sell you.
> Except that,IIRC, Dell doesn't offer support on the its Linux machines.
>> Finally, it also ignores the fact that you often need more expensive
>> parts for Linux, because you aren't buying them in bulk.
> Except for the fact that they are using the same parts.
Correct again. Erik, Dell are not building the machines for Linux. These
are the same machines, only with a blank hard-drive.
>> For example, a large
>> number of wireless cards and chipsets are not compatible with Linux, so
>> whil you can buy a ton of some chipset for Windows, you have smaller
>> orders for the Linux compatible stuff.
>> As far as hardware manufacturers go, it's pretty simple. Does it cost
>> more to support Linux than you will make off it?
Wake up and read the facts, Erik. You are living in a world of biased facts
and your mistaken arguments above prove it.
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