M$, Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls. It Tolls for You.

“A Wall St analyst performed an comparative report at the iconic mega-retail palace Mall of America, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He found that on on 23 November, shoppers at Apple’s store in the famous mall bought an average of 17.2 items per hour, versus the 3.5 items that were purchased at Microsoft’s store, located just opposite the Apple shop.”

see Mall lurk man: Apple smashes Microsoft in Black Friday fondle wars.

There, the market has decided. Given a choice, M$ is the last choice of real people, except those pesky gamers… What would have happened if there had been a “GNU/Linux” store right there and consumers had a third choice?

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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4 Responses to M$, Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls. It Tolls for You.

  1. oiaohm says:

    MK really a true Linux store could be pretty cool. Some are.

    http://www.lulzbot.com/products/ao-100-3d-printer-package Yes that is the first entry on the FSF approved hardware list. Some of the approved hardware is cool. Its not like a 3d printer really needs wifi.

    MK there are a few wifi devices like RaLink RT2760 and Atheros AR2427 that do pass FSF. Same with a few 3g and 4g devices.

    HackRF is coming this is broad spec.

    MK linux worlds biggest problem with a store is not mascot or hardware to fill it with exactly. Its having the lead sales person like Jobs and deciding exactly what path you wish to take the store. Yes some of the FOSS stores in the real world have like 3d print photo booths. There is no core theme to link them up. Its very hard to make a core theme thinking the diversity you have in selection of stock. Like a section of arduino. Then you also have multi touch tables systems. GSM phone network solutions. Custom branded hardware. Yes a FOSS hardware store you walk in you want your company logo on a laptop and no other logos no problems. There are many makers of FOSS grade hardware that don’t care about sticking there own brand on it.

    Linus Torvalds with his bright yellow/gold car would get some attention.

    But the most important words to be a Linux store is the following “Just for Fun”. Really I could see a computer store mixed with arcade games retro style. For the just for fun spirit. Yes there are many FOSS designs of arcade systems.

  2. MK wrote, “It doesn’t take much pondering to realize why there is no such store anywhere in the world.”

    Dell has 1K+ stores selling GNU/Linux in China and India. They do well. Brazil has Wal-mart selling GNU/Linux in stores, too.

  3. MK says:

    …and what would that third store be selling? CDs with Debian/GNU/Linux/Stable/6? Devices approved by FSF without wireless support? Pictures of RMS and Linus Torvalds using text editors? It doesn’t take much pondering to realize why there is no such store anywhere in the world.

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    “What would have happened if there had been a “GNU/Linux” store right there and consumers had a third choice?”

    Apple is a religion in America but hardly outside the Anglo-Saxon world. Linux has still too much “geek only” reputation. But if we change the name “Linux” to let’s say “Android” or “Google” things looks pretty different. Android is becoming like an institute for mobiles (there tablet market share might reach 50% near in future).

    Anyway – Linux/Android is worlds leading OS system for devices connected to internet now. It’s hard to see Microsoft much chances under pressure by third world, cloud computing, mobile technology, LVM etc…

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