incrediBILL - 10:28 pm on Mar 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Now, the market is shifting toward tablets, which promise even less of an opportunity to customize.
Modern desktop consumer grade computers are being designed the same way as these people selling them aren't in the OS tech support business and those machines are appliances designed to aid the consumer into using it as painlessly as possible without helping them change it do something they didn't intend it to be in the first place.
While I can sympathize with those that want something else, don't make these companies suffer because you don't want what they're selling. That's frankly just too bad.
Band together and show you have some financial power and get some big box company to start stocking Ubuntu boxes or something because TBH the Linux consumer market to date is completely hidden from site of the manufacturers because you buy a different product and covert it.
Sorry, converting it is no longer an option so you need to tell them how many boxes your group will buy and figure out how to get them delivered to those wanting to buy them.
Money talks and the rest is just nonsense.
Before anyone slays me on this I've been in this biz longer than possibly anyone on this board getting into electronics as a teen in the mid 70s due to an Uncle that worked at TI and got my first computer in '78 and for many years loaded the OS, whichever OS I wanted and I had several, off a floppy at a whim and I also had dual boot drives and removable HDs with different OS per drive, etc. so I'm not exactly out of touch with the plight of the people in this situation but in this day and age, especially for machines for oldsters, it's a pretty level playing field as my mom is as blind as a bat in her late 80s with macular degeneration and I set her Windows box up with super big fonts and icons the size of trees with MAIL, INTERNET, etc. across the screen and all the software enlarged to the max and she's good to go forwarding me all the humor mail and links to humor sites that old blind people forward.