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Linux Business

+ - Is Linux on Dell a Pipe Dream?

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Neutrino Linguino
Neutrino Linguino writes "With all the buzz surrounding Dell Linux systems for the Desktop recently, the real issue at hand has seen little, if any, coverage... What would it cost for an OEM to ship Linux to the home-user? The answer is rather surprising, and deals with Crapware Profits, the Microsoft Tax, Support Costs, and other issues.

Simply put, to cater to the lowest common denominator [the average joe], it would cost the OEM a lot more to ship Linux over Windows."

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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