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    Default High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to Dell

    Dell has delivered a dose of reality for both Microsoft and the Linux community on the subject of netbooks.

    Speaking at OpenSource World, a Dell executive deflated Microsoft's enthusiasm for making a case out of the number of Linux netbooks returned by unhappy customers.
    Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a 'non-issue' • The Register

    Just shows how much FUD MS is still spreading around.

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    i am using dell laptop, it is very difficult to use suse on dell laptop.
    i am using bsnl usb modem for internet it is not supported by suse
    plz anyone can help
    thanks

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    An interesting article, even more so than just the headline. It's good to see a realistic discussion about linux marketing issues, and Zonker's presence alongside Dell.

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    It's really a case of the incumbent's advantage and the average consumer's fear of the unknown. The price difference isn't very visible and often obscured by tricks such as OEM discounting and cashbacks. The security, well humans are forever optimistic, yes they won't be the one to be hit by a car while running across the street, it's always someone else. So they turn to the thing they have seen advertised a lot, like any of the fast food chains.

    But slowly, through grassroot efforts, through more publicity, smarter people realise there is a superior alternative. It also helps that there are cross-platform applications so they can see that the same apps exist for Linux.

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    Quote Originally Posted by jokersingh View Post
    i am using dell laptop, it is very difficult to use suse on dell laptop.
    I think this is dependant on the Dell Laptop model.

    I use openSUSE on a Dell Studio 1537 laptop and it is VERY EASY to use with openSUSE.

    Quote Originally Posted by jokersingh View Post
    i am using bsnl usb modem for internet it is not supported by suse plz anyone can help
    thanks
    I think there are many users who would like to help you, but PLEASE NOT HERE in CHIT-CHAT subforum.

    The guidance to this sub forum explicity states
    "General Chit-Chat A friendly place to converse about your adventures with openSUSE, your weekend, your boss, your new car, and generally stuff that doesn't fit somewhere else (and we must ask: PLEASE do not post help questions here)"
    So, PLEASE DO NOT POST help questions here.

    Instead please post your help question here: Hardware - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to Dell

    > It's really a case of the incumbent's advantage and the average
    > consumer's fear of the unknown.


    It's also about the mysterious disappearance of product and the sudden
    replacement of Linux with Windows XP on netbooks....It's also about product
    that used to be displayed alongside Windows now being found in the back
    of the store on a high wall shelf.


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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    Here in Brasil only the cheaper computers come with linux. Anything above a celeron and such comes with vista OEM (argh).

    So I end up paying for something I'll never use.

    And the GNU/linux distros on them are geared towards making the user pay for support/access to repositories - not a bad thing per se, given that many users need a lot of support. But these distros, with rare exceptions, are not mainstream, and nowhere near as polished as Suse, or even Ubuntu.

    Ah, and a few (very) cheap laptops come only with freeDOS...

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to Dell

    On Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:46:01 +0000, jokersingh wrote:

    > i am using dell laptop, it is very difficult to use suse on dell laptop.


    I'm using openSUSE on a Dell laptop, and it works great.

    Jim

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to

    Quote Originally Posted by GofBorg View Post
    It's also about the mysterious disappearance of product and the sudden
    replacement of Linux with Windows XP on netbooks....It's also about product
    that used to be displayed alongside Windows now being found in the back
    of the store on a high wall shelf.
    Certainly that sort of thing falls under promotion expenditure by M$, as do various cashback incentives. But netbook manufacturers have also been playing the game. Asus has been using Linux to wheedle concessions out of M$, which is why only the low-end machines carry Linux. I doubt very much if the execs at Asus care about Linux. It's just a means to an end. But it's also very much a case of the masses want fast food so that's what they get. Also unrealistic expectations about netbooks. Consumers think it's a cheap shrunk-down laptop with Word and all that junk. Then they find the screen's too small, the keys too fiddly for that kind of scenario. The other day, standing at the netbook display at the local retailers I overhear one man look at the 701 and mutter Linux, no I don't want that. I left him to his overpriced fast food.

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    Default Re: High return rate of Linux netbooks a myth, according to Dell

    > the local retailers I overhear one man look at the 701 and mutter Linux,
    > no I don't want that. I left him to his overpriced fast food.


    Would be interesting to speak with him and find out how he formed that
    conclusion. Was it a previous experience with Linux or something else I
    wonder?


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