Dell Giving M$ a Free Ride

Clearly, M$ charges OEMs a hefty price per licence. Just look at their latest cheat-sheet: $4.6billions for 70million PCs, about $65 each… Then why does Dell promote “7” by charging $20 less than GNU/Linux on identical hardware? Are they charging more for the larger picture?

I suppose we should be happy that they offer GNU/Linux but that’s just the first step in liberating retail shelves. Price is still a barrier.Dell_offers_choice The price of a licence for GNU/Linux is ~$0 so the product should be ~$50 less with GNU/Linux. At least be honest, Dell, and tip the teeter-totter in the right direction. Your customers would be glad to take GNU/Linux for $25 less. What are you afraid of, M$?

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 Dell Giving M$ a Free Ride

  1. Gonzalo says:

    1) I won’t buy Dell; theyr machines break easily.
    2) If I would, I’ll demand a system-less machine, and install my favorite GNU/Linux distribution at home for ZERO dollar.

  2. oiaohm says:

    It will be interesting. With universal installer solutions for Linux its only a matter of time before crapware grows.

  3. BrownieBoy says:

    Crapware is likely the answer.

    Windoze offerings are often cheaper because OEMs are bribed to load them up with trial versions of MS Office, anti-virus and other crap you don’t want or need on Linux.

    That Dell Vostro comes with a 30-day trial of some Trend Micro thing, for example.

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