A rant on Dell and linux/ubuntu

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 03:30:49 CDT 2009


Matthew Geier wrote:
> On 30/05/09 05:22, Art Alexion wrote:
>> On Fri, 2009-05-29 at 14:20 -0400, Shawn Maggard wrote:
>>   
>>> Let's face it, if M$ told Dell to stop shipping systems with Linux or
>>> we will cut you off... what would happen?
>>>     
>>
>> Wait.  If this was "Mom and Pop Computers" manufacturing in the garage,
>> MS could threaten to cut them off.  But what effect would it have on MS'
>> bottom line if Dell was to stop shipping windows?
>>
>>
>>  
> 99% of Dells sales would disappear overnight and the company would fold.
> 
> The 'average' person (and most of Dell corporate accounts) would simply 
> stop buying their machines.
> 
>  At my work, we are not allowed to order machines with no windows 
> license even if we have no intention of using it. The leasing company 
> has stipulated that all machines MUST have a windows license sticker on 
> them so they can see them end of lease with an OS on them. (And we have 
> a lot of desktop Linux users, Unix labs, etc)

And that is what I call not acceptable - why should you be forced  by 
anyone to buy a product you do not intend to use?



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