I saw an ad for a new (for me) retailer in Canada, TheSource.ca. I browsed their site and sent them an e-mail to their online contact address…
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Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:43:29 -0600
Subject: Searching for Linux
I saw your ad on TV yesterday and visited the site.
A search for Linux found one hit in computers, an Archos tablet that dual-boots Android/Linux and Angstrom/Linux. All Android computers have a Linux kernel running underneath and your search should find Android devices with a search for Linux.
Also, I am surprised your site does not list any GNU/Linux computers since all major OEMs make them and ship them all over the world. With the slump in x86/amd64 PCs I would think retailers would be looking for other ways to distinguish themselves. Offering more choice in operating systems would be helpful. Advantages of GNU/Linux PCs over Windows include:
– very little malware
-no slowing down
-the licence costs $0 so the price could be lower and more competitive.
GNU/Linux comes from many sources. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux http://www.debian.org/ but Ubuntu GNU/Linux is also very popular. Dell has more than 1000 stores in China and India selling GNU/Linux. Walmart in Brazil shows GNU/Linux as outselling Windows on desktops.
Well, I guess they just don’t want to know. They did give me an on-line popup invitation to chat. Perhaps there is a human on that line. I eventually used an on-line feedback form but it would not take a space in a Canadian postal code… I guess they have some bugs to shake out.
Nope. When I did the “live chat” thing, we had a bit of a discussion but when I asked why they don’t have more Linux PCs, they just hung up… I guess they don’t want me for a customer. With the average age of a PC rising to 6-8 years soon, they might regret that…