[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Thu Aug 27 02:37:01 EEST 2009
Mark wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM,
> lakestevensdental<lakestevensdental at verizon.net> wrote:
>>> But they _should_ offer it as a purchase option, and let those of us who
>>> would rather do without Windows get a better price.
>> As I understand it, the per unit price for Windows to an OEM is
>> something like $25/unit, not the $100+ that end users pay (kind of
>> stupid marketing but that's MS for you).
>> So the markup for bundling a Windows OS is modest -- probably easily
>> offset by improved marketability of a Windows vs Linux netbook for the
>> masses.  For those who really want Ubuntu, you can always add a dual
>> boot Ubuntu partition on your own.  Typically, most netbooks these days
>> have 120 or more Gs of HD space -- plenty for a second OS partition.
>> Always, Fred C
> But $25 is nothing to sneeze at. I would still rather pay $25 less and
> install kubuntu on the entire drive than pay $25 more and end up with
> dual-boot. Either way, it's still Linux I'll be using, so why should I
> have to pay extra for something I neither want nor need?
You appear to be ignoring the power of numbers.  Nokia's netbook, 
bundled with Windows will sell far more units with than without.  The 
larger quantity sold with Windows will allow Nokia to produce sell their 
netbook for less than otherwise, perhaps more than $25 less.  Besides, 
having to manage a smallish inventory for a Windowless version would be 
a hassle (expense) for Nokia and sellers.  So get over the $25 cost of 
Windows.  If you want an Ubuntu netbook, just install it when you get it.  

FYI, I've been there done that with an eeeUbuntu netbook.  I installed 
Ubuntu over Xandros. Then I installed nlited XP SP3 so my daughter could 
use it at college (which requires a Windows or Mac OS to work with the 
college's net security).  Of the three OSs I installed, XP appears to 
run the best, it even boots in less than 20 seconds. I guess this is 
another way of saying that if one trims all of the crap off of Windows 
XP, it actually runs pretty nice, without the occasional Ubuntu hassle 
of not being able to install some non-existant Ubuntu flash to get web 
video to work properly.  Which isn't to say the XP that comes with 
netbooks is nLited...  

Always, Fred C
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