[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Fri Aug 28 00:42:30 EEST 2009
Gary wrote:
> lakestevensdental wrote:
>> 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.
> The "hassle" you speak of comes from dealing with an 800 pound gorilla
> that has historically only been reigned in by the Commission of the
> European Communities. ...
  The "hassle" has little to do with Microsoft, everything to do with 
production realities, mass markets and managing inventory.

  Asus plowed the road for everyone with their eee netbook which first 
came out with a Linux distro.  While the eee was popular new format, the 
eee-netbooks only really took off when Windows XP was offered as the OS 
of choice.  When bundled with Windows, the cost of netbooks actually 
dropped because production numbers increased allowing development costs 
to being shared amongst thousands more units. 

  Like many, I wish the market would embrace one of the Linux versions 
instead of Windoze.  MS (author of the world's largest computer virus) 
seems to be doing all it can do to promote the development of other OSs 
with it's Vista debacle, soon to be replaced by a W7 debacle (IMHO).

  Seems to me, the primary technical thing that is probably holding 
adoption of Linux back has more do with the lack of a strong 
gaming/video platform on Linux to fill the DirectX niche.

  Beyond that, Linux folks need to learn to better embrace the 
marketplace.  Freeware (like the 400 or so apps of varied utility and 
use populating the n810 and Maemo) is all fine and good, but average 
endusers are much more inclined to the comfort of marketplaces like the 
AppleStore where then can click and download 'almost' free games and 
apps for about the price of a latte or less.  Contrary to common Linux 
beliefs, there's nothing wrong with offering a simple cost effective 
marketplace for folks to buy software.  It helps pay developers to 
develop more and better software.  Linux is again way behind the curve 
in marketplace savy.  Witness how the n800 series came without (and 
still pretty much lacks) a decent PIM. Like what the reward for someone 
to port a PIM to this small market niche?

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