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Re: [News] The Guardian on Starting to Sell Linux PCs

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> If you think selling Linux is easy, why not beat Dell to it?
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Why don't the people asking Dell for Linux PCs start their own
>| companies and do likewise? If there's a market, it should be
>| really easy. And unlike Mike, you won't even have to beat IBM.
> `----
> http://technology.guardian.co.uk/online/insideit/story/0,,2028451,00.html
> I guess Jack Schofield had written this before he heard the latest. H-P and
> Dell are battling (PR-wise) and consider preinstalling GNU/Linux. H-P has
> just arrived at the station, out of nowhere, with words like "cricial mass",
> which will give Microsoft a real headache.

The problem with that point is that it misses a key issue, that of
economies of scale.  Dell can produce machines at a fraction of the cost
of a small independent integrator, so competing with that, even with a
free operating system, would be very difficult indeed, at least on
price, anyway.  If you take away Linux's price advantage, then you get
the odd effect of putting Windows into the "disruptive" position, where
it appears to be less expensive than Linux, and is probably at least
half as good.

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