LCA: The future of the Linux desktop
Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:13 UTC (Thu) by pboddie
In reply to: LCA: The future of the Linux desktop
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Also the explanation for the crapware presence on bundled Windows, straight from the horses mouth, was illuminating.
It's nice to have this confirmed by someone who worked at one of these companies. It's also interesting to see that the companies bundling this stuff obviously don't care about the cost to the customer of having a bunch of advertisers "sponsoring" the Microsoft licences, presumably pitching it to the ignorant deal-seeking mindset as "company X has picked up the tab and covered the cost of Windows for you" and letting them think that they're getting a great deal (they're not paying an arbitrary price on top of the base cost of the system), when in fact everyone concerned is depriving the purchaser of choice and weighing the system down with potentially undesirable software.
Indeed, crapware is just another opportunity to generate after-sales revenue by offering services to remove it. Perhaps the only beneficial effect it has had has been to compromise Microsoft's vision of the Windows user experience so much that people would rather consider something else, even if that means people have been driven to buying a Mac instead. But what we should really have is complete pricing transparency. Then, if someone wants to sponsor the cost of a system - say, Yahoo wants to put their site as the default browser start page, or Amazon wants their products in the user's search results - then those companies can offer such stuff openly, and it need not even be tied to a particular operating system.
Then again, I'm sure a transparent and voluntary system of sponsorship, advertising and even crapware would be a threat to Microsoft and, under threat of sanctions, will therefore never emerge from a major vendor or retailer.
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