Laptops pre-loaded with Linux getting popular in India

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This is great news for open source software and country like India where price factor plays major purchase decision.


The Hindu India’s National Newspaper reports that:

Most serious players in the computers market expect two dominant operating systems — Microsoft Windows and Linux. Accordingly, computer makers such as IBM, Dell, HP and, of course, the Taiwanese computer exporter Acer are not really taking sides, happy to sell whatever the customer wants.

Indeed, with Linux consistently bettering market expectations, these large firms are offering more choice and lower prices, not just in the server market, but also on laptops. And laptops pre-loaded with Linux operating system are gaining in popularity among Indian customers as well.

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2 comment

  1. Reagrding Acer selling laptops with Linpus this is rather to avoid Vista than ‘selling what the customer want”.

  2. The cheap stuff is always going to sell much better than the more expensive powerful lines. And as the largest sector after business is light home use, Linux is better suited to run on low spec high volume, low unit profit gear like the Eee and various other bottom of the range systems.

    In some cases, the sudden interest in Linux may have something to do with Vista being such a hog, but in others, it is Microsoft’s pay per license model that is having an impact.

    Something that most of us who are interested in computers fail to understand is that the light users don’t care what is on the computer so long as it has a browser, an email app, plays their media collection, and has some kind of office suite. Everything else is extra expense and complexity, and not really needed. Personally, I see less KDE/Gnome desktops on these cheap computers, and more ASUS like custom simplified desktops. Linux by stealth, but Linux none the less.

    How successful this will be depends on how much Microsoft are willing to write off in practically free copies of XP to keep Linux out of the bottom range market. And how much this will damage the Vista market. I see interesting times ahead.

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