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Re: [opensuse] Can you say ripoff - OT
  • From: Tony Alfrey <tonyalfrey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 12:21:41 -0800
  • Message-id: <45A54AD5.601@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Peter Bradley wrote:
Ysgrifennodd Tony Alfrey:

But if the goal is to convert more away from M$, it would help the average user for the end result to be more Mac-like. Hence the possible usefulness of such a compatibility list. I'm not the first to propose ways to make the transition to Linux easier for the masses, I'm just thinking about ways to quantify it.
All that would do would be to make Linux systems as expensive as Apple systems. The two things are in different markets. Making Linux boxes expensive will not increase market penetration. And anyway, who's going to sell these guaranteed-linux-compatible systems? Not PC World, and that's where Joe public goes to get his PC. In case you missed it, Walmart have been trying something like this. I haven't heard them shouting about its success.

Let me see if I can succinctly restate my position:
1. If Macs were cheap, people would use Macs, not PCs (possibly a false premise, otherwise the Mac Mini would be more successful).
2. Linux/SuSE or some other distro has the potential to be like a cheap Mac. It needs
a. the GUI and apps to be ready for prime time, nearly Mac-like. Getting there.
b. the hassle factor to be at the level of that for a Mac. A list of absolutely compatible systems would help *on the hardware side*.

With respect to Wal-Mart, I think their system fails at (2a) above.
With respect to a list of standard systems increasing the cost of a linux box, I don't understand this point. But it is in the interest of the vendors of distros to know which systems *are* absolutely compatible and to publish such a list.

Tony Alfrey
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"
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