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Old 21st February 2008, 10:40   #1
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Default Dell charges more for Ubuntu than Vista

DELL HAPPILY ANNOUNCED a new Ubuntu-powered system a couple of days ago.

The penguin posse was delighted, of course, until it found that the once-direct only seller seems to be charging more for machines sporting the open source OS than for those sporting Vista.

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...s-ubuntu-vista
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Old 21st February 2008, 22:15   #2
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Second time they have done this, charging more for linux versions of the same computers...
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you'd almost think they don't want to sell these PCs to their customers to avoid support calls
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you'd almost think they don't want to sell these PCs to their customers to avoid support calls
The charge "is" to pay for support calls.
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The charge "is" to pay for support calls.
that's what I thought too
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Isn't a part of the charge for ubuntu itself ? I know it's free for personal use, but what about selling it with a computer, it commercial and lucrative from Dells point of view ?
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it remains free
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more and more i keep thinking about putting that ubuntu disc back into my cmptr
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Isn't a part of the charge for ubuntu itself ? I know it's free for personal use, but what about selling it with a computer, it commercial and lucrative from Dells point of view ?
I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is under terms of the GNU license charging for Ubuntu would be a violation, because they are essentially selling a free OS that is in the public domain under licensed to remain free. They would have to bundle it for free, or claim the extra costs is from some other system component or service provided.
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I'm sure the ubuntu will be free,but the installation and r&d costs (best drivers, compatible HW, ..) are just as high as for a Windows Based PC. But less buyers is fewer people to split the costs.
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