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Why the Pre-Loaded Linux Desktop is Important

May 28, 2008, 21:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"I will never cease to be amazed at how fast things change and how quickly people forget. Today's example is a Slashdot posting with the title, 'Why Buy a PC Preloaded with Linux?' Specifically, the dotter--slasher really doesn't give the right tone--wants to know ''Why should I buy a PC preloaded with Linux?' They are more expensive, and it's not hard just to reformat the PC with Linux. I hate paying the Microsoft Tax as much as anybody else, but if paying that 'tax' allows companies to reduce my price by bundling with my PC products that I will never use, why wouldn't I just buy a Windows-loaded PC and reformat?'

"Oh dear. Let's start at the top. Sometimes Linux computers are more expensive than their otherwise identical brothers with XP. But, they're not always more expensive. This kind of statement of 'fact' in a question always makes my FUD detector start to beep..."

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