Re: [SLE] sale computer with linux
- From: "Fred A. Miller" <fmiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 23:41:33 -0400
On Friday 15 September 2006 4:51 am, stephan beal wrote:
dell, hp, compaq, nec, gateway sale all their computer for the
public with linux...
i worked for Compaq for 5 years, and i can assure they DID try to sell
Linux (and BeOS) computers. The problem was that nobody wanted to buy
them. Old colleagues of mine who are still at HP (HP bought Compaq in
2000, right after i left the company) have told me of several attempts
to sell Linux-based PCs. The main problem, as always, has been people's
reluctance to buy them.
AS ALWAYS, HP's error, is that their marketing people have their heads in the
sand. IF you don't ADD "available with SUSE Linux" in your NATIONAL TV ads,
you aren't going to see very many. It's the total gutless fools who control
marketing depts. in all companies, EXCEPT MickySoft, who are to blame. I
mention MickySoft only because they know how to market and get the job done.
HP, DELL, etc., are controlled by gutless wonders. In addition, and I HAVE
suggested this to HP, IF they ONLY used Linux compatible chipsets and cards
(ALL hardware - goodbye Broadcom), then it's easy to preload and ADVERTISE
that HP's systems are Linux ready! Considering their purchasing power, I know
full well that their costs aren't going to go up.
There's my 2 cents.
MickySoft, the ultimate corporate parasite.
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