Thanks to a blogger we now know how much M$’s tax is. He chatted with Dell to insist on quotations for the same machine with and without that other OS. The bottom line?
“I have received a quotation for the Dell Vostro V13 and here are the numbers:
a) S$887.15 for the N-series
b) S$1045.79 for the same machine with â€˜doze.
Hardware: Vostro V13 System Base (SU7300)IntelÂ® Core?2 Duo Processor SU7300 (1.3GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB) ULV, 13.3HDF Anti-glare LED LCD panel with camera, 4GB (1X4G) DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM, 1 DIMM500GB* Hard Drive, 7200 RPM, 6-cell Lithium Ion Sealed 30Whr Battery, Integrated Graphic CardIntel(R) Wireless Network Card 5100 (802.11a/g/n)Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth ModuleInternal Dell(TM) Keyboard (English).
So, the Windows-tax is S$158.64. Now you know.”
Shame on Dell for making a simple purchase complex. Give the customers what they want. Give them choice. Don’t promise choice but make them struggle to get it.
This is the kind of “partnership” that props up the Wintel monopoly. Wintel is not our friend. Wintel costs us money and we get lower performance from IT because of it. Insist on GNU/Linux and if your supplier makes you grovel, change your supplier. Hardware suppliers are hungry. They will deal with you fairly if Dell will not. It is insane to pay for something you do not need and then to pay sales taxes or other markups on it.