Acer Performance

Acer’s monthly revenue has been down every month except September compared to the previous year. The reason? Acer has continued to sell M$’s products despite consumers’ firm statement that they don’t want to buy them. If you’re in a hole, STOP DIGGING! It is not profitable to be M$’s slave.
see Investor_Relations – Monthly revenues.

For this, the CEO has resigned. Will his successor do better? We wait and will see.

Acer’s previous report gave this product-mix:
Acer_product_mix Clearly, they are being sucked down by dependence on notebooks, but surely they could increase their margins for notebooks by installing Free Software for $0. If consumers don’t want M$’s current offering, give them GNU/Linux which looks and feels more like the familiar XP and doesn’t require an offering to M$. Take mine, for example. My_Desktop_2013There’s lots to see and to click. It’s Debian GNU/Linux and I can make it look and feel any way I want. I do that by selecting the packages to install or installing different packages later. Debian has 37000 packages on the go and hundreds of them are for desktop environments, display and window managers, icons, and applications. An OEM like Acer or a consumer buying a GNU/Linux notebook or desktop box, just has to choose one as a default and get to work. No need to pay M$ for work M$ did two years ago. Pay yourself for the work you do today.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Acer Performance

  1. luvr wrote, “Did you download Firefox from the Mozilla site and install outside of the context of the Debian packaging system, or did you find a Firefox package for Debian somewhere?”

    Offhand I don’t know. Let me check.
    which firefox
    ls -l /home/pogson/bin/firefox
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 pogson pogson 38 Sep 19 16:57 /home/pogson/bin/firefox -> /home/pogson/Downloads/firefox/firefox
    pogson@beast:~$ firefox -V
    Mozilla Firefox 25.0

    So, I guess the answer is that I downloaded and installed in a local directory. There’s no particular reason for that except that such a widely-used application doesn’t really work best with a distro with ~2 year cycles. I do find FF is a bit buggy so I keep hoping the latest release will fix things. At the moment I have no annoying bugs. Backup is iceweasel, opera, chrome, etc.

  2. luvr says:


    You appear to be using the Firefox browser on your Debian system, instead of the customised IceWeasel release. Did you download Firefox from the Mozilla site and install outside of the context of the Debian packaging system, or did you find a Firefox package for Debian somewhere? Or did you, perhaps, build your own Firefox package for your Debian system?

  3. dougman says:

    Acer needs do Android, ChromeOS and various Linux distros on their hardware./

    Also open up helpful community forums for each device, in doing so, the community will help solve any challenges that popup.

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