Shaking Loose Dependence on USA in IT

Manufacturers are seeing that growth in sales of IT in USA in retail are quite small. They see huge growth in other parts of the world where M$ does not dictate and consumers want small cheap computers and get them. The rest of the world is not afraid to do GNU/Linux OEM and retail.

“Figures from research firm ShopperTrak show that the sales in the US retail channel on Black Friday 2010 only grew 0.3% on year to US$10.69 billion, prompting pessimism among notebook makers about the possibility of rush orders in December, according to industry sources.”

see Digitimes

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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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6 Responses to Shaking Loose Dependence on USA in IT

  1. Ray says:

    Bender, people have been saying that the processors are powerful enough for a long time. Every time someone says that processors are good enough for users, someone finds a way to get users to get hooked on something new. In the 80’s, it’s was data processing. In the early 90’s sound was all the rage. By 2000, people are getting hooked on the internet. In ’05, everyone wanted Youtube and Myspace. Now, it’s for Youtube HD, HD gaming. They’ll always find a way to get people to buy new, more powerful computers. Like HD gaming online.

  2. oe says:

    ARM (with GNU/Linux) could really make a selling point for desktops in the machine you can always leave on without bloating your power bill. To me that’s a huge selling point.

  3. Bender says:

    Ray, i’d say that todays processors are too powerful for normal users needs, maybe that’s why every new release of that other os need to drive the performance requirements up. I am thinking, if every OEM is using vista 7, what is there that differs between them? They can’t be original using that other OS, they are just another OEM. I’d personally love to have an ARM notebook, without any heatsinks due to it’s efficiency, silent and a lot less power hungry than intel/amd. I guess ARM will drive intel and others out of the market as the needs shifted from speed to efficiency and wintel can’t beat arm in that.

  4. Ray says:

    I was thinking along the lines of the fact that we simply have saturated the market. 🙂

  5. Business can deal with just about anything if the market is growing. GNU/Linux is on the radar and growing rapidly. OEMs and retailers could sell a lot more PCs if they were less expensive, i.e. without Intel and that other OS. People really don’t care about the OS on small cheap computers. With virtualization and the web, the OS on the client machine is almost irrelevant unless it costs a lot. If you buy a $200 machine you get a lot better hardware for the $ with ARM+GNU/Linux than you would with Wintel.

  6. Bender says:

    I don’t think they eould love GNU/Linux either since the system doesn’t rot with time making people think that it’s their hardware getting old. They can at least recoup some of the money spent on licenses offering various software commonly called crippleware 😉

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