* Steven Friel Jr. peremptorily fired off this memo:
>> I wonder what they make of Vista, then.
> I wonder why you left out the best part of my post - "I agree but with some
> reservations. Linux may very well be the best free -product- out there. But
> the public perception has always been what you describe... that you get what
> you pay for."
Because it wasn't, at all the best part, in my opinion.
> Anywho - What do they make of Vista? Dunno. I don't run Vista but I've been
> in those consumer electronic stores and I checked it out. As far as the
> display-demo machines go it ran pretty well. They don't put Vista on the
> 1.2Ghz Celeron machines but the machines I tried it on actually ran pretty
It tried it, and it took 20 seconds to come back from the screen-saving
> The point I'm trying to make and don't take this as a cheap shot against
> Linux is this. Most people don't know that much about computers. They go to
> the store and they are going to be very impressionable based on what they
> see. So they see all the "nice" computers, the expensive top-of-the-line
> computers that come with the big monitors and everything. They see all those
> computers running Windows. But over in the corner by the "bargain closeout
> section" they see a $199 computer running Linux. What are people going to
> think when they see that?
Oh, I agree in many ways with what you say. Unfortunately, people
perceive value in price. And, when there's no one to correct them, they
may indeed think it "has to be bad" because it is "so cheap".
> Or let's use the tired old car analogy but with a twist. Say you know
> nothing about cars or tires. You go car shopping at a bunch of different
> dealerships and all the $600 clunkers in the lot have Goodyear tires. But
> the nice cars, the cars by BMW, Lexus, Benz all have Michelin tires. Most
> people are going to see this and think that Goodyear tires are crap and that
> Michelin tires are superior.
> That's the point I'm getting at. Linux needs to associate itself with
> quality in the eyes and minds of the consumer. If the only place people see
> Linux is on the el-cheapo computers then they're going to make the mental
> association with Linux and inferior systems. I ain't saying it's fair or
> accurate. But it is what it is.
Well, at this point, any progress on the home consumer progress is good.
Microsoft's influence is powerful. It continues to be powerful. I have
personally been quite surprised at how powerful, even in the face of
numerous MS screwups.
About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay
for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to
steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then
we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.
-- Bill Gates, Speech at the University of Washington, as reported in
"Gates, Buffett a bit bearish" CNET News (2 July 1998)