Re: Almost Impossible To Sell A Pre_loaded Linux Desktop Computer
From: philo (philo_at_privacy.net)
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 04:51:45 -0500
"Josh" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> This past summer holiday I work at small computer store who sell custom
> built computer system. We also sell refurbished units that we purchase
> at auction and liquidation sales. We are a Microsoft partner and thus
> we are able to legally install Windows on these machines although we
> must wipe any version of Windows that might be on our refurb units and
> install our own.
> We have built up a good reputation in the community, which is a poor
> section, for offering decent computers at very low prices to people who
> could not afford to buy a computer otherwise.
> Of course we also sell to businesses as well, but only desktop systems
> not servers.
> Last year the shops partners decided to try and sell Linux based
> systems (Suse and Mandriva) both on our new units and more so on our
> refurb. units.
I dual boot Linux and Windows...
and use Linux about 90% of the time for the internet...
and use Windows mainly for the Windows-only harware I still have.
That said...I too have also suggested to most of my friends that they give
Linux a try...
but have found that about 98% still use windows.
Here is an example of the average person's mentality (at least as I've
I am a member of a local photography group..and most of the folks doing
photography use Photoshop. It's a great application of course...and I use it
I decided that it was worth spending the money to purchase it legally...
and my girl friend uses it on a daily basis...
However recently I've been using the GIMP on my Linux installtion...
and found that for what I''m doing...I actually prefer it to Photoshop.
So quite excitedly I brought this up at one of our meetings in the
and even mentioned that the GIMP has versions for MAC and PC's!
No one seemed too interested...and the general concensus for those without
the money to spend
on Photoshop was simply to use a "bootleg" copy !
Of course...I don't really care if people use Linux or not and it's many
That's their problem not mine !