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The way to shop Linux computers is to take your latest beta home distro live CD and go for a walk around the computer shops.
Or if you want to internetshop, then the laptop on offer must *explicitly* support Linux (there are many sellers that have Linux compatible machines).
The missed opportunity
Posted Mar 31, 2012 19:36 UTC (Sat) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
This is where the likes of Canonical have dropped the ball completely. To fix bug #1 or whatever it is called, you have to target the hardware vendors, if necessary becoming one yourself. There are plenty of people selling computers with Free Software operating systems installed, although you have to do some legwork to find them and see what they are actually offering, but these people are not the same people who have the resources to actively fix and improve the software in order to actively support a device.
Sure, Canonical certify some devices, but that doesn't guarantee anyone on this planet being able to buy them, especially if Dell is involved. And without people actively promoting, selling and supporting computers with Free Software operating systems, there will always be a certain difficulty in reaching the masses and a disconnect between available hardware and fully supported hardware.
Posted Mar 31, 2012 20:28 UTC (Sat) by scientes (guest, #83068)
Also guys like the Marvell SheevaPlug, DreamPlug, etc, where the manufacture actively work with the Linux devs, and they are not the only hardware manufactures. CPU vendors have been contributing to Linux and gcc, etc (AMD even to coreboot) for a long time.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 17:25 UTC (Sun) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
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