[sf-lug] [Fwd: Re: The holy grail for FOSS publicity: NYT on-line covers Dell GNU Linux]

Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
Fri Oct 5 13:50:16 PDT 2007

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-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Tom Haddon <mthaddon at yahoo.com>
To: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Cc: sf-lug at linuxmafia.com
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] The holy grail for FOSS publicity: NYT on-line
covers Dell GNU Linux
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2007 13:36:04 -0700

On Fri, 2007-10-05 at 13:12 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> On the minus side, it's very obvious that Dell is still going to some
> lengths to prevent its main customer base from stumbling across Linux
> offerings without determined search.  That's the "same old" part of the
> current picture.

I see where you're coming from, but I'm not sure I'd agree totally. I
think Dell are pretty serious about this, and the fact that they pushed
it through so quickly and then followed up by rolling it out in Europe
as well points to that. I think ideal is obviously to have a choice of
Windows or Linux on any machine without having to go to a specific URL
(i.e. knowing about it before hand), but I also think Dell is all about
the numbers - if it makes financial sense for them to do that, they
will. Calculating when it's going to make financial sense for them to do
that, and what happens in the meantime (other retailers offering Linux
pre-installs, customer demand) will determine how far and how fast this

Cheers, Tom

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