Bill Hance on 31 Jan 2006 20:30:21 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Discusion on Linux4Austin Project

   Linux will never be used by the masses until it comes pre-installed and
available through the retail chains that people normally use. When a
consumer can get a PC with Linux for $299. or the same hardware with
Windows for $499. there will be converts.

   Getting M$ to stop using unfair and/or illegal trade practices to
prevent linux from being pre-loaded by Dell, HP, Compaq, Lenovo, etc..
is the key.

   Micro$oft execs have stated that they believe people won't upgrade
their PC OS, so it's advantageous for each new OS upgrade they release
to require a hardware upgrade, which will then facilitate the OS

  Installing Linux on older Windows PCs that are so full of spyware that
they have been slowed to a crawl is a great idea. Convincing people in
our throw-away society to continue using their old PC is going to be
tough, when they can get a new one for a few hundred $.

  The Linux revolution needs to start in the workplace.  Then it'll
trickle down to home users who want what they have at work also at home.



"If extinction is happening at a greater rate now,
why is our supply of fossil fuels decreasing?"
   -Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, June 16, 2005
    at a hearing on the Endangered Species Act

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