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papayaninja

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So consumers are offered a choice, let's say Windows Vista or XP versus what? Linux? Which distro? Ubuntu? Suse? Red Hat or Fedora? Okay. So the consumer walks in and makes their choice. Windows Vista or XP.

People who are technologically inclined enough to choose Linux or some other OS are generally able to build their own computers, or research enough to find a retailer that offers what they want anyway. Either that, or the consumer is not a consumer, but instead a company looking for a solution for themselves and in that case it's a whole other ball game.

They'd buy the one that's cheaper? I don't buy that. They'd buy the one that's familiar and not perceived as nerdy or obscure. They want to be in the thick of the industry and people assume that that means they must use Windows.

Furthermore, putting a DVD in their computer wouldn't make it any more difficult? Bull. Have you ever helped someone who is the average consumer with their computer? You're lucky if they can double-click properly, let alone use a paper clip to open the DVD drive then boot the computer and install an OS. Yeah, it's gotten easier, but it would be the number one tech support call, I guarantee it.

Other than that, it's a good idea ;)
 

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I suspect their logic, however flawed, is to force an opening for an alternate OS to emerge. There really isn't one at this point, but there are some obscure ones out there that could maybe gain some share if they tried.

If this had happened 10 years ago Be and OS/2 might have had a chance.
 
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