Major systems vendors and Linux
Posted Mar 8, 2007 7:40 UTC (Thu) by Cato
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Installation is still a problem due to hardware detection and drivers. Even on quite an old Dell Dimension PC, I found my video card was mis-detected by Ubuntu, but OK with Knoppix (admittedly there was on-board and separate video card). Copying the Knoppix Xorg.conf then meant I had font problems. Not an experience I'd inflict on anyone else, and required some effort and research to resolve, despite my having used Linux on and off for 10 years and Unix longer than that.
Why on earth would a 'Windows user' want to buy a Linux box? The market for these boxes is people who have heard about Linux and probably read quite a bit on the Net and magazines, but don't have much expertise. Providing Linux working out of the box means they can begin to get experience without the hassle of hardware problems, and enjoy the more rewarding parts of Linux such as easy software installation (on Ubuntu anyway), lots of bundled software, helpful community for tweaking, etc.
'Long-time Linux users' would buy pre-installed Linux if the extra cost is minimal, or if it means the hardware is guaranteed to work - but they'd probably want to just buy a no-OS box.
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