Almost Impossible To Sell A Pre_loaded Linux Desktop Computer 10846
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philo (First of all, the OP was obviously a troll (Google, African proxy, etc.) But your response is interesting.) If something works, people stick to it. And Windows *does* work. You can browse...
In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Highland Ham wrote on Thu, 25 Aug 2005 12:20:00 +0100
Almost Impossible To Sell A Pre_loaded Linux Desktop Computer 10848
One of my machines currently boots linux. When my kids (teenagers) see me on it they notice that something is "different" and ask me what that is. The entire look of the...
If Microsoft is going to stay in business as a monopoly, at some point it may very well have to answer that question -- and even then, the Government would probably take a rather dim view of any such answer that doesn't allow for the possibility of a non-Microsoft driver.
But here's one possibility; the virus problem with Microsoft gets so bad that everyone jumps on the "trusted vendor" bandwagon, and find out it's a trap, allowing Microsoft to do what it wants as no one else can gain access to the trusted nexus.
Rather unlikely, admittedly.
4-5 year old hardware is beyond depreciation, admittedly, but there's a few issues that may very well drive vendors of brand *new* hardware to consider Linux -- and I also have some rather old hardware (my newest machine is a 1.4 GHZ Athlon), but as long as it works, why not use Linux on it?
At work I'm trying to get a 550 MHz dual-disk box to dualboot, so that's even older. It runs Win2k reasonably well, but it feels sluggish. (Turns out the hda drive, with NTFS on it, has a bad spot, which is making life annoyingly interesting. My original intent was to do a physical backup of the entire disk in case something goes wrong with GRUB.) I'm hoping that Gentoo will make it snappier -- and I need another Linux machine for various reasons anyway. :-) I don't anticipate hardware compatibility problems, and in fact Linux is fine on the second disk.
-- It's still legal to go .sigless.