"Ubuntu is free, and machines pre-installed with it will be less expensive than PCs of the same configuration that come with Windows, [Jeremy Bolen, a Dell spokesman] said. He declined to say by how much."
Looks like Jeremy's got some splainin' to do.
"So we pay more for less?..."
Another shot at the linux down the tubes then...
"Every little helps. (Dell, not you)"
If you look online, there are Linux PCs being offered for $99 and $139. The latter has a 1.5 GHz Via C7, 256 MB RAM, 13.5 GB HDD (can be replaced for cheap). Not sure what specs the former has.
If Microsoft starts demanding royalties from Dell because of their Linux patent violation belief, the Ubuntu systems could cost even more.
Linux users would still be paying the Microsoft tax in that case along with $230+ fee for not having bloatware installed.
It's just a bad situation all around, as usual. It seems any and all news surrounding FOSS is overshadowed by gains from Microsoft in their attempt to embrace and kill Linux.
Dr Herbie wrote:
Ray6 wrote:Engadget has the skinny on the Dell Open website, which will be launched today.
Though there reporting on the pricing seems a little bit odd to me:
It looks like preloading with Linux costs more than preloading with Vista
How does that work?
I'm assuming it's becuase there's all that cr@pware that get pre-loaded onto Windows PCs putting money towards keeping the sale price low, while there's little, if any, equivalent for Linux (yet?).
So that's how that works ....
Damn indeed. I didn't really expect this to fly, but I have to confess that didn't figure on price being the reason.
$230 more for the cheapest Linux system verses Vista, even though Ubuntu is free.
Bear in mind that Dell probably gets a heftty discount on Windows licenses. And as someone pointed out, no-one is going to pay Dell to install 'extras' onto their machines. Dell does seem to be considering a higher priced Windows machine option that comes
extras free; I wonder how much extra that will cost.
Dell lied! They said it was to be cheaper (though probably slightly)than the same Window model not over $200 more.
... I'd be surprised if you could point me to an official Dell statement to that effect.
He's trying to find a possible apology that would sound reasonable enough. (...for people to bait it)
I guess this one is lil too hard, isn't it emet?
No comment from Emet and Corona_Coder then?
I'm sure they're thinking something up. Probably something along the lines of:
"Dell wasn't working with the right FSF people."
...or something similar.
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