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Re: barriers to adopting Linux by newbies (was Xandros ... ) --
On Mon, 2004-03-08 at 12:29, Robert Citek wrote:
> Good point. Difficulty with installation and not having phone support
> could both be significant barriers to adoption by newbies.
$109 Red Hat Linux Professional Workstation (RHEL 3-based):
Available at _any_ local CompUSA or similar retailer.
30 days of phone and web installation support during standard
> MS solves this in two ways:
> - Windows pre-installed on new hardware (WalMart and others offer
> pre-installed linux)
Because Microsoft prevents any other OS (not just Linux, but BeOS was
one not too long ago that _also_ has an "under the table" _true_ story)
from being installed on tier-1 OEMs as standard (_only_ as a
non-standard, additional charge, option).
> - phone connection directly to MS
For $35 per support call!
I have stumped them every time, and been credited every time in the
past. Microsoft support is worthless.
Now if you buy a _whole_system_, yeah, that's different. But that's
the same deal if you buy a pre-installed Linux system -- you get
phone support too.
> What other barriers exist for adopting linux?
Economies of scale. That's about it.
Bryan J. Smith, E.I. -- Engineer, Technologist, School Teacher
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