now I just dont get this.
- Microsoft has a c.90% market share and every conventional IT hardware seller sells machines with a microsoft operating system installed.
- IT hardware is ferocioulsy price competitive
- Linux distros are getting much better, and more comprehensive (with ubuntu leading the field), are free, and offer a distinct performance and price advantage to IT hardware resellers
- Loads of businesses prefer to use laptops as workforces become increasingly mobile/remote working
- Nobody is putting a concerted effort into developing a business selling laptops with linux preinstalled in the UK.
Now this bugs me. I know the linux emporium sells linux laptops, but the basic models are out of stock a high percentage of the time, and the higher spec models aren’t great value for money for many users. Talking to John at LE at Lugradio Live, I know he has serious supply problems outside of his control. Others I have found dont seem serious about linux on laptops.
Here are my thoughts:
- I want to buy a laptop with all the hardware working running ubuntu linux – I have money to spend right now
- I expect to pay a comparable price for a laptop with xp/vista preinstalled, to give some margin back to the seller for getting all the notorious;y difficult laptop hardware to work for me, (saving me the time).
- I cannt find a UK equivilant of system76.com , someone who is serious about linux laptops and offers a good range of hardware with ubuntu preinstalled.
This is a migration barrier for UK SMEs to move to linux.
Someone out there, catch onto this opportunity. I would much rather put my business’s hard earned cash into a UK IT business to pay for the skill and time in installing ubuntu, rather than pay for a microsoft license.
This is a great USP for someone. If you are doing this already, I cannt find you, so please contact me!