[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: Alexandru Cardaniuc cardaniuc at gmail.com
Date: Sat Aug 29 21:56:37 EEST 2009
lakestevensdental <lakestevensdental at verizon.net> writes:

>>>> 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.
>> You're not making any sense whatsoever. It doesn't cost anything for
>> them to maintain a small inventory of OS-less machines - all they
>> have to do is skip a few steps in manufacturing - and the number of
>> Windows machines they sell just makes it that much easier for them
>> to give a discount for OS-less machines. After all, you don't
>> actually think they're making Windows available at cost, do you?
>   Spoken like someone who's never produced anything, nor had to manage
> inventory.
>   For those making and selling netbooks, the cost of the OS is
> probably some variation of a 'loss leader'. Bundled with Windows one
> may sell a lot more product, which allows production, development and
> marketing costs per unit to be significantly reduced, more than the
> cost of adding Windows.
> It costs plenty for everyone from Nokia to the computer store to
> create and maintain a small inventory of OS-less machines that might
> otherwise be sold bundled with Windows. For one, banks (and/or
> production/outsource folks) don't sit around waiting for months for a
> small inventory of Linux units to be sold to get paid off. If it were
> a hassle to install Ubuntu on a Windows netbook, you might have a
> point, but such isn't the case. If you want Linux netbook, buy a
> Windows netbook, download Ubuntu and install (perhaps 3 clicks?). It's
> not rocket science. _______________________________________________

So, how do you explain other companies selling netbooks with Linux? They
don't know what they are doing?

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