> High Plains Thumper wrote:
>> I look forward to the RISC ARM versions soon to be
>> distributed, those with Linux will be a real winner.
> Not for the manufacturers. They'll be subsidized by sales of
> Windows-based products... same as the hardware subsidies Linux
> wacks have been enjoying on the backs of Windows users for
20 March 2009
Ballmer: GNU/Linux Will Win on Netbooks
Here's what he said:
"The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer
in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more
to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging
proposition for the average person than it used to be."
I think this is a very frank analysis of the problem for
Microsoft: after all, who's going to pay extra money just to get
the Windows logo on a netbook, when they can get the same
features for less with free software...?
One Third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9s Sold Run Linux
February 23rd, 2009 by Joanna Stern
Android may give Linux a boost on netbooks, but according to
Dell, its Inspiron Mini 9s with Ubuntu have already seen a steady
sales stream coupled with low return rates.
[...] “A third of our Mini 9 mix is Linux, which is well above
the standard attach rate for other systems that offer Linux. We
have done a very good job explaining to folks what Linux is,”
says Dell’s Jay Pinkert.
Dell attributes part of the Linux growth to competitive pricing
on the Ubuntu SKUs. “When you look at the sweet spot for this
category it is price sensitivity, and Linux enabled us to offer a
lower price entry point,” added Dell senior product manager John New.
According to Dell, the the return rate of Ubuntu running Mini 9s
are comparable to the XP rate, which we are told is “very low.”
“Our focus has been making sure that before the order is taken is
that the customer knows what he is getting,” New added.
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- "Red" Green