Leosghost - 8:33 pm on Mar 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
You forgot ..MS strong arm the manufacturers into not offering bare machines..especially laptops ( which your little "Asian outlets" don't make )..and until win8..no one had a problem putting another OS onto a pre loaded win box..
I've set up loads of winboxen ( towers and laptops ) with Linux as dual boot..was easy ..until win8 ..now it can be done ( I have done so, a few times recently ) but for your average "installer tech" they now risk "bricking it" ..and that is what MS intended..make them leave it alone out of fear of breaking it..
Like I said, if there was any money to be made selling Linux boxes someone would do it including the big box stores. Walmart actually experimented with a really cheap Ubuntu box for a while and the thing flew off the shelves it was so cheap but I don't think it's available anymore for whatever reason.
Gave you the reason above..pressure from MS..either directly or via the box shifters suppliers .."offer that, and you can't offer ours, and over 90% of your customers are looking for ours, because we have the ad budgets to get them asking for it"..