Go Linux go…
After Dell, it is now Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, has announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs from $AU600 in Australia. The pc is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 desktop will come pre-loaded on the HP dx2250 desktop computer — an AMD-based model. This system aimed at small to medium businesses. Technical support is offered by Red Hat.
You can make money by selling Linux based Laptop and desktop systems. Dell and other vendor started the same. There is huge market for Linux desktop systems. This article talks about entering a world where Microsoft rules the marketplace:
For years, Microsoft has reigned supreme as the ‘only’ choice for OEM partners on the x86 architecture. Later on, Apple switched from PPC (Power PC) to x86, but really did not make a dent in the OEM market, as Apple produces its own hardware, with OS X being a means to that end. Then it happened: Dell dropped their hat into the ring, perhaps prompting what could become a rush of other PC manufacturers and distributors wishing to enter into OEM deals with various Linux distributions. Keep in mind that Dell is hardly doing anything new here. There have been a number of smaller companies that have worked within the Linux space for some time now. Generally referred to as distributors, their goal remains the same – selling pre-installed Linux-based computers to their customers.
=> Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap
Author argues that most home user treat home pc as a consumer item like a TV or DVD player.
From the article:
Because the cost of PCs remains pretty much constant ten years ago, you’d expect to pay around £1,500 for a high-end PC, the same as you would today .. normal people don’t see this as a problem at all. When their old 500MHz Celeron box running Windows 98 shuffles off this mortal coil, they pop down to PCs ‘R’ Us and buy a shiny new box, complete with a shiny new OS and applications and chuck the old machine in the dumpster.
The shiny new machine will not come with Linux and OpenOrifice. It will come with Vista and Office 2003 pre-installed.
Just look at popular vendor such as Dell. They only offers Windows (no Linux option for home PC). Talk to local vendor and they will send a new PC with Windows preloaded. In India (and most other parts of Asia) most home user buys pc w/o Windows OS and any other apps. They simply install pirated version.
Linux is not an option for many home users because they are not aware of other options at all.