Rex Ballard wrote:

> Dell isn't paying for each machine sold. Both Dell and Microsoft
> know about how many machines will be sold. Microsoft makes it
> cheaper to by too many licenses, than "just enough". If Dell will
> sell 10 million machines, Microsoft gives them a 20% discount for 8
> million to 12 million licenses, and a 60% discount for 12 million
> licenses or more. At $50 each, that's $40 per copy for 10 million
> licenses or $400 million vs $20 per copy for 12 million licenses, or
> $240 million. The cost of the 12 million licenses has to be averaged
> into the cost of the 10 million machines, or $24/machine. Since Dell,
> HP, Lenovo, and now Acer, all average around 10 million machines each,
> the schedule for these "tier 1" customers is the same, just as
> required in the DOJ settlement. Tier 2 customers get a similar
> "cliff" at lower quantities.
>
>> Vista + Dell Inspiron 530 = Ubuntu + Dell Inspiron 530 + $10

>
> Vista + Dell Inspiron 530 = Ubuntu + VISTA (unused) + Dell Inspiron


You made up every "fact" and number in this post.