Guaranteeing "no demand" through poor products
Posted Feb 1, 2013 0:09 UTC (Fri) by pboddie
In reply to: casual contributions and Github
Parent article: LCA: The future of the Linux desktop
It's the oldest trick in the book: to show that there's "no demand" for something, make it as unattractive as possible so that people won't buy it, and then point to the lack of interest in the product as a "justification" of the strategy of not offering it in the first place.
It is, however, actually possible to get Thinkpads with some GNU/Linux distributions pre-installed, but not necessarily direct from Lenovo as a "consumer": instead, retailers seem to be able to obtain them from the distribution channel and do the necessary bundling, and this is quite evident when one considers the frequency with which Thinkpads appear amongst the vendors that do bundle GNU/Linux.
Really, one should be able to buy the bare hardware. Even Windows users would benefit from that, potentially, given that some of them are likely to have more licences than they can use and don't need another one foisted upon them, but scary noises about "piracy" are always made when this guaranteed revenue stream comes under threat.
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