Nomad wrote:Hey if your going to go to best buy have fun with them. Use big words and confuse them. My personal experience soon after vista came out was something like this. I went in to look at a cheap laptop and one of the sales people comes over and starts explaining vista and how great it is. I then told him I used linux and would remove vista...his comment to this was. "Vista is much more stable than XP and even Linux, its also much faster." At which point I "accidentally" caused a blue screen. Gotta love seeing that glow and the words Driver State Error. Though the sales person's face was also quite good. Needless to say I didn't buy a computer there.
Anyway Husse a good quote that references your comment:
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
Nomad wrote:At which point I "accidentally" caused a blue screen. Gotta love seeing that glow and the words Driver State Error.
Husse wrote:How nice for the computer idiots
Mike A wrote:I think that is a great deal for folks that are not experienced in setting up a new operating system and even after that there are many people that are not comfortable learning a new system with no professional support.
Nomad wrote:I then told him I used linux and would remove vista...his comment to this was. "Vista is much more stable than XP and even Linux, its also much faster." At which point I "accidentally" caused a blue screen.
Zwopper wrote:I have no problem with the fact that stores sell systems with preconfigured Linux on them, it just helps to spread the word.
What does happen is that you will get a lot of support calls, because that's what the ordinary M$ user is used to...
"This and that won't work, what do I do?!?"
If you really want to show people the possibilities with Linux, you have to be ready to support it,
hence, there is no wrong in charging for it on a preconfigured system.
I know this for a fact, because at the store I worked at a couple of years ago we offered Ubuntu and/or Mint preinstalled, as well as Windows.
Some people did raise the question why the Linux machines was the same cost as much as the Windows ones.
Well the answer is pretty simple; you get a complete system with an office suite, a VERY capable graphics editor, and whole slew of other useful applications.
The same support(or better) as if you would have bought a machine with windows on it.
What you DON'T get is virus, instability, malware and a load of other crap.
We did sell 10% of our machines with Linux on it, and after a period of 3 to 6 months 25% of those came back
and wanted us to install Windows for them, because "their friend" or "their computer-wiz-kid-son"
or whoever couldn't figure out how to install winamp or winzip or whatever windows app on it,
they also couldn't figure out how to break their system which kind of pissed them off I guess!
Anyway enough with the rantings.
I really think that Linux users must get used to the idea that buying a computer necessarily won't be cheaper
because Linux is installed on it instead of Windows, it will simply be better and more hassle free.
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