The Mighty Monopoly Has A Dead-Cat Bounce

Ever wonder how OEMs and retailers can sell a notebook for ~$300 while paying M$ a huge chunk of money?“Notebook ODMs expects their shipments in the second half to grow 50% from the first due to stronger-than-expected orders from clients in Europe, plus Microsoft’s strategy to significantly reduce Windows’ licensing fees for sub-US$299 models to US$15.” Wonder no more. Digitimes revealed that M$ charges as little as $15 in the low-end notebook space. This is only the second or third time in PC-history that M$ has had to compete on price with */Linux (and their own installed base).

Whether this causes a spike in sales is doubtful, however. The world has alternatives and the spike in sales is likely to be distributed over */Linux too… Chuckle. World? Have you noticed that M$ has been overcharging you for decades? Do you feel M$’s OS on your $500 notebook is worth $85 more than on a $300 notebook??? You own the hardware! Why pay for permission to use it? Want to avoid highway robbery? Use GNU/Linux. It will work for you.

See ODMs expect 50% notebook shipment growth in 2H14.

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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11 Responses to The Mighty Monopoly Has A Dead-Cat Bounce

  1. wolfgang wrote, ” hard to even find way to not pay since everything in store come with windows”.

    I don’t have that problem. It’s a figment of your imagination. Anyone can find a package for Debian GNU/Linux and install it in seconds. That’s the HTTP interface but one can also use APT from the desktop. It’s kind of like an “app store” with which many owners of smartphones understand very well.

  2. wolfgang says:

    …why pay it…

    good question for salesman to answer. many do pay it, so answer not so simple. you cut your own grass, I think, at least when you have welded lawn mower back together and can make it run. Wolfgang pay local bunch of fire department men who run landscape service on the side. Wolfgang not even own lawnmower, so don’t have to learn how to weld either. Wolfgang gladly pay someone else who know how to do work. same thing with computer operating system. hard to even find way to not pay since everything in store come with windows.

  3. wolfgang wrote, “pogson complain for long while about microsoft monopoly and force price too high and make pogson have to use linux to save money”.

    Not even close. At first I tolerated M$’s crapware like many other people but when I was responsible for my students’ IT I quit that. Later, it’s about software freedom. Price of IT is just one of many fringe benefits of software freedom. I have always been able to afford M$’s price but why pay it? There are better ways to do IT.

  4. wolfgang says:

    …pogson complain again…

    pogson complain for long while about microsoft monopoly and force price too high and make pogson have to use linux to save money in order to afford to buy carrot and radish seed. then microsoft cut prices for bottom end systems to meet market demand and now pogson still mad.

    pogson ignore old saying that something is worth what people are willing to pay. microsoft smarter than pogson and not ignore saying and spend time learning about exactly what people are willing to pay so they can get business. maybe some day business so unprofitable that they quit trying, but that day not 17-6-2014. maybe some other day. dougman saying day is soon, but what he know?

  5. oiaohm wrote, “Sorry to say the big difference between Linux and Solaris is debugablity”

    I don’t know about that but device drivers are a huge difference. Linux runs on just about everything but the kitchen sink whereas Solaris only runs on a few types of equipment particularly servers and basic motherboards for servers and workstations. Nvidia has Solaris drivers but ATI does not, for instance.

  6. oiaohm says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TYC5h4yz1o
    Please go watch this video of SCaLE12x keynote (2014) DrLoser. Sorry to say the big difference between Linux and Solaris is debugablity. Not vertical scaling. Solaris and Linux scale vertically equally these days the question is how long you will have to debug Linux to extract the same performance. Its not that Linux cannot deliver its the effort to deliver.

    There are a lot of solarias users who incorrectly presume they are better. SmartOS users they can in fact say they are better in more cases. Smart OS is one of Suns old developers. Oracle lost a lot of key personal when they took Sun over and the closing of the source Oracle has done is undermining Solaris most powerful debugging tool dtrace. Yes SUN did the correct thing open sourcing the kernel so they could meet high end market needs.

  7. dougman says:

    HP is not a mover in IT? LOL….you for sure have lost your lot.

    I have HP Chromebook thats calls you a liar.

    HP also builds thin-clients, 14″ Android laptops, All-in-One 21″ touchscreens and a $99 dollar tablets.

    I see a more diverse IT offering from HP then I do from Micro$h1t and it’s ass-backwards expensive laptop that does not create any revenue, or the RT tablets that never did even sell on the market.

    Eh.

  8. DrLoser says:

    HP basically bought in their PC division from Compaq, Robert.
    I think they’re still in there with scientific instrumentation (and I still drool over their protocol analysers).
    As for their Unix offering, which is where they used to make their money?
    Linux if you want a stock LAMP server (and possibly more).

    Solaris if you want vertical scaling, a la Oracle. (Larry is no fool, and bought the hardware in a fire sale. Didn’t the FOSS pony-tail boy do well?)

    AIX if you’re a large corporation willing to pay for consultancy. Oh, and also a well-managed virtual machine thing.

    HP-UX? Practically nowhere.

    I’d advise you to hang your hat on a slightly more competent OEM.

  9. DrLoser wrote, “Movers and shakers in the OS market, Dougie, Hewlett-Packard are not.”

    HP has been at/near the top in Client OS and server OS shipments for a decade. They have been an OEM distributor of that other OS. After many years being jerked around by M$ and forced to sell overpriced stuff they have been squeezed to the limit and may well deliberately step off the Wintel treadmill. Every OEM should do that.

  10. DrLoser says:

    Hewlett Packard has decided to kick Microsoft to the curb and develop their own operating system that will power all of their future devices.

    Movers and shakers in the OS market, Dougie, Hewlett-Packard are not.

    Now, we both know that you, Dougie, have never gone anywhere a large, scaleable, Unix box. (I have. Several, in fact. One of them even ran on HPUX-10).

    I forgive you for being a clueless moron decorating his own ignorance with pom-poms, Dougie …

    But, really. “The Big Boy told me he wanted to play with my toys! I LOVE the Big Boy!”

    Sadly, Dougie, HP left the garage long before. They went through a very successful period of selling high-value ink. They followed that by hiring a Marketing Guru as CEO, and that didn’t work out too well.

    What happened to HP is sad, to those of us who prefer High Value Engineering over Snake Oil.

    … which reminds me, Dougie. All you have ever done is to sell snake oil. THIS COULD BE THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY OF YOUR MISERABLE LITTLE LIFE!

  11. dougman says:

    Seems M$ is losing its grasp upon the OEMs.

    ” Hewlett Packard has decided to kick Microsoft to the curb and develop their own operating system that will power all of their future devices. In particular, HP is working on a device they call “The Machine.” This new device will be made up of several new technologies — including a new type of memory — and will run a new operating system based on…Linux.”

    http://www.techrepublic.com/article/hps-the-machine-kicks-microsoft-to-the-curb-in-favor-of-linux/

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