[Coco] [Color Computer] The evolution of the Coco..
davehazelton at access-4-free.com
Sun Apr 24 21:04:32 EDT 2005
Glen VanDenBiggelaar wrote:
> I guess when you have been exposed to it the way I have, you just get
> bitter. I use to work in a small computer store as service manager, and
> EVERYDAY (YES- 6 DAYS A WEEK!), I would have these guys come in and try to
> "covert me", and the owner of the store and try to get us to sell Linux
> Pre-intstalled, and suport Linux Boxes. The simple fact is Microsoft, and my
> MSCE, feeds me, puts food on my table. It makes money for the store, and it
> sells computers, for people with families, it feeds the childeren and puts
> childeren through school. Dell has tried now twice to sell computers with
> Linux "pre-instaled" and has failed miserbly both times.
That's because both times Dell offered this, it actually cost more than
the same PC with Windows. Everyone knew Microsoft was still getting
their cut for the machine, but if you bought Linux on it you didn't get
the Windows install disk, which you already paid for. I'm not sure if
this was Dell's attempt not to be tied to deeply to Microsoft. Just
like Dell officially is not tied to Intel. Dell will not sell a VIA or
a Crusoe or even an AMD chip. Go figure.
You might be surprised in how many companies bought PC from Dell and put
Linux on, You got 2 OS's and Dells Microsoft pricing.
On the home front, where 9 out of 10 PC's are over priced Playstation
2's...you got to go where the games are...Sort of like the C-64 and
Tandy, Those who want to play games picked C-64 because you could go to
your local K-mart and pick one up. Which was a better machine, the C-64
or the Coco.
> When linux is mainstream, and customers like grandma's are useing linux, or
> if Redhat came to me and offerd certification for free, then I will start
> learning it, but for now, I see it like something that is dead, but refuses
> to be burried.
> -but thats way off the topics here,
Well, first when did any OS company give out Free training. HP, Sun
Microsoft, Novell and Redhat all charge for certification. Both
Microsoft and Novell dump thousands of dollars into Colleges/tech
schools as a kick back to offer such courses at a "reasonable" price.
You grandma is not going to have linux, because no one will sell her a
machine at walmart...eventho Walmart does sell Linux only boxes on the
net. But that would mean that grandma is already on the net. Now
grandma (if I can stereotype a little) is spending most of here time on
the computer, reading and writing E-mail or Instant Messager. It really
makes no difference if it is a PC or a Mac. But everyone knows Apple
doesn't sell through Walmarts! This is also the reason why Compaq/HP
is still around in the home market. I once worked for a company that
switched from Dell to HP...we got Compaq desktops, had to return
hundreds of them all because they were crap. But what do find at
"computer" store, rather it is Walmart or Best Buy or Staples.
Compaq/HP is every where. I don't see Grandma actually doing here
homework, she wants the cheapest machine to do E-mail.
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