Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner recently talked about netbook and claimed that retailers experiencing higher return rates as compare to MS-Windows operating systems:
And the reason that we were able to make so much traction – because this is the first real test of the value of Windows – the reason we were able to make so much traction on this particular space is because we went to retailers and said, “Hey, what are your return rates on these Linux netbooks that you are getting?” And they said, “Oh, gosh, they’re, like, four or five times higher than what we’re seeing on other PCs that have Windows.” I said, “Exactly.” So let’s do the TCO story. Let’s talk to customers. And you can’t find a retailer – I challenge you to find a retailer who wants to sell Linux on these netbooks, because the returns are bad. The customer complaints are bad. And our ability to really showcase the value proposition with Windows has never been greater and was never tested more than it was with this particular product. But we’ve made great progress there, but the up-sell opportunities with Windows 7, because it runs so well on these low-end laptops, is going to be tremendous for us.
Linux captures the ‘green’ flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures Independent tests show that Red Hat Linux pulls as much as 12% less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware.
Soon, the market will be overwhelmed by what I like to call ‘mini me too’ laptops — commodity Asus clones that will drive margins for all players toward zero. There will be no real money to be made in direct sales of cheap mini-notebooks to consumers.
My new Dell 2707 27″ arrived two days ago. I was using 19″ Viewsonic LCD. New screen was automatically detected by Ubuntu Linux. All I had to do was switch to 1920×1200 screen resolution from old 1440×900. LCD screen is absolutely beautiful and provides sharp clear images.
27″ monitor was the first on my 2008 shopping list; second is Apple mac mini 😀
Brainstorm is a new web site that will make it easier for users of Ubuntu to suggests ideas for improvements. It appears that idea was inspired by Dell’s Ideastorm. Voting makes it clear which ideas have the most support in the user community and should be given priority. This is really good news for all Ubuntu Linux user to get latest feature.
=> Visit Ubuntu Linux Brainstorm website to cast your vote or to submit new ideas.
This is a good news for all European Linux users. You can now order Dell Laptop preloaded with Ubuntu Linux 7.10.
From the Dell blog:
Starting today, customers in Germany, United Kingdom, France and now Spain can purchase Ubuntu Linux 7.10 with built-in DVD playback on the XPS 1330n (in addition to the previously-released Inspiron 530n desktop system. For U.S. customers, you’ll have to hold on a week or so.
Ubuntu 7.10 runs great on the XPS M1330. It has more power, more style. Take a look at the Dell Ubuntu website for more details.
Finally big blue has announced that it will support and promote OpenOffice.org office suite. These are the same companies once promoted Microsoft product. Dell, HP and IBM will one day force more Linux desktop systems and open source software for all of us:
The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products.
This is great news for the tens of millions of users of OpenOffice.org and the thousands of individual members of the projectâ€, said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. â€œWe welcome IBM’s contributions to further enhancing the OpenOffice.org product. But equally important is IBM’s future commitment to package and distribute new works that leverage OpenOffice.org technology supporting the ISO ODF standard. ODF is a once in a generation opportunity for the IT industry to unify round a standard, and deliver lasting benefit to users of desktop technology.â€
=> IBM JOINS OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY [openoffice.org]
Go Linux go…
After Dell, it is now Hewlett-Packard, the worldâ€™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 â€“ selling pre-installed Linux-based computers to their customers.
=> Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap
PCs will continue to remain unopened throughout their lives, making product reactivation a complete non-issue.