11.28.13

Gemini version available ♊︎

This Black Friday GNU/Linux is Preinstalled

Posted in GNU/Linux at 10:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Giving thanks to GNU and Linux this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Summary: People who wish to buy devices and computers with GNU and/or Linux preinstalled this Thanksgiving may find it very easy

The good folks from Phoronix [1] and OpenSource.com [2] remind us that we can buy Linux- and Open Source-based (respectively) gifts this Friday. SJVN over at ZDNet/CBS (with more impact on IDG) highlights Linux Black Friday deals [3,4] (observed in the United States, Canada and Mexico, according to Wikipedia).

The matter of fact is, many gadgets and computers now run Linux. The GNU and/or Linux is not even being advertised on the products, it’s just to be taken for granted.

Back in October a good point was made by a writer who argued that “[t]he main barrier to GNU/Linux adoption is lack of OEM support” [5]. Now that XP era officially ends [6,7] (no support) there are huge opportunities for GNU/Linux on desktops/laptops and GNU/Linux preinstalls are becoming common [8-12] (except the brands “GNU” and “Linux”). There were no “Missed Opportunities” as some pundits put it [13], there were just Microsoft bribes that got used to slow down this trend (notably below-zero-cost XP for sub-notebooks). “Microsoft [is] in a real panic over Chromebooks,” said iophk in IRC this morning, noting that based on this article, “Redmond has hired the stars of a reality television show called Pawn Stars to help with its anti-Google Scroogled campaign.”

Microsoft currently spreads anti-Google lies in British radio, showing its hypocrisy over privacy (Microsoft should be reported to the ASA over this), hiding from the public its own special relationship with the NSA. This whole anti-Chromebook FUD helps confirm that Microsoft is truly desperate and worried about the growth of GNU/Linux as a preinstalled platform.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide For Linux PC Hardware
  2. Top 20 open source gifts for the holidays

    We’ve searched the Internet and consulted with the open source geeks in our lives to identify some of 2013′s coolest open source-related gifts for the holidays. We’ve found something for everyone’s budget from big (a LulzBot TAZ 2 3D printer!) to small (who doesn’t need a free download of Cards Against Humanity?), and everything in between.

  3. Linux Black Friday deals
  4. The Linux Black Friday Gallery

    Let’s look at some of the best Linux-based gadgets available this Black Friday.

  5. The main barrier to GNU/Linux adoption is lack of OEM support

    Ken Starks of Reglue recently published a thought-provoking entry on his blog, The Blog of Helios, suggesting that the barrier to Free Software adoption is bad documentation. He asserts that the lack of quality documentation is due to a philosophical approach to documentation writing, within the community, that he calls “good enough.” By this, he appears to mean that document authors are writing to an audience similar to themselves, ie. people who are very experienced and grok most of what is being written.

    While the problem he describes is common practice and it is a problem for the adoption of free software by newbies, it is not the main barrier to the propagation of GNU/Linux. Although good documentation is important, the main reason GNU isn’t more popular is lack of OEM support.

  6. XPocalypse Now

    Last month, I wrote about the massive 72,000-PC migration from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux being undertaken by the Gendarmerie Nationale, the French police force.

  7. OPINION: Life after Windows XP – FOSS and BYOD

    In the final installment of the series, Dave Lane writes on coping with diversity in a FOSS environment.

  8. Ubuntu and ASUS start selling affordable notebooks in the US
  9. Acer introduces $299 touch-screen Chromebook

    C720P is powered by Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell), has 2GB DDR3 RAM and comes with 32GB SSD. The most notable feature of the device is its 11.6-inch ComfyView HD ‘touch-screen’ display that has a 1366×768 resolution.

  10. Linux You can Touch: Sleek Linux Ultrabook with Touch!

    LinuxCertified Inc introduced the L1 Touch 14.1″ High Resolution, Full HD Touch Display – Exclusive High Performance Linux Ultrabook pre-installed with Ubuntu or Fedora Linux. The L1 Touch is one of the ultralight, ultrathin, yet powerful Linux Ultrabook designed for legendary performance on the go, whether to another meeting or another country, you sacrifice nothing in return.

  11. Looking For A Linux Laptop? Here’s Help

    There are many benefits of installing Linux on your PC or laptop. When selecting a new laptop that can support Linux, there are not many that can perform efficiently with a Linux OS. This poses a bit of a problem for people who like to use open-source software as Windows 8 prevents dual-booting, which means you cannot have two OSes running at the same time.

  12. New Acer Chromebook as HP Recalls Faulty Model

    Will the low, low, low watershed price of Acer’s new Chromebook spark a price war or will the unit remain an outlier? And, will the HP Chromebook 11′s charger problems hurt the budding market for Web-centric, Chrome-OS based laptops? With the holiday buying season nearly here, it will be interesting to see how other Chromebook suppliers ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba respond to Acer’s move and HP’s troubles.

  13. Linux Desktop’s Missed Opportunities

    I’ve always said that the two biggest benefits of running a Linux distribution over a proprietary operating system are: freedom of choice and the Linux community. Despite these advantages, Linux on the desktop needs work in one key area: seizing great opportunities.

    Two huge opportunities for the Linux desktop right now are the end of Windows XP support and the less than amazing reception of Windows 8 by casual users. In this article, I’ll explore why I believe Windows XP and Windows 8 are fantastic opportunities for an increase in Linux adoption.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 24, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 24, 2022



  2. Links 25/1/2022: GPL Settlement With Patrick McHardy, Godot 4.0 Alpha 1, and DXVK 1.9.4 Released

    Links for the day



  3. Proprietary Software is Pollution

    "My daughter asked me about why are we throwing away some bits of technology," Dr. Andy Farnell says. "This is my attempt to put into words for "ordinary" people what I tried to explain to a 6 year old."



  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation

    Defamation of one’s victims might be another offence to add to the long list of offences committed by Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot, Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley; attempting to discredit the police report is a new low and can get Mr. Graveley even deeper in trouble (Microsoft protecting him only makes matters worse)



  5. [Meme] Alexander Ramsay and Team UPC Inciting Politicians to Break the Law and Violate Constitutions, Based on Misinformation, Fake News, and Deliberate Lies Wrapped up as 'Studies'

    The EPO‘s law-breaking leadership (Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos and their corrupt cronies), helped by liars who don't enjoy diplomatic immunity, are cooperating to undermine courts across the EU, in effect replacing them with EPO puppets who are patent maximalists (Europe’s equivalents of James Rodney Gilstrap and Alan D Albright, a Donald Trump appointee, in the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, respectively)



  6. Has the Administrative Council Belatedly Realised What Its Job in the European Patent Organisation Really Is?

    The "Mafia" which took over the EPO (the EPO's own workers call it "Mafia") isn't getting its way with a proposal, so it's preventing the states from even voting on it!



  7. [Meme] Team UPC is Celebrating a Pyrrhic Victory

    Pyrrhic victory best describes what's happening at the moment (it’s a lobbying tactic, faking/staging things to help false prophecies be fulfilled, based on hopes and wishes alone), for faking something without bothering to explain the legal basis is going to lead to further escalations and complaints (already impending)



  8. Links 24/1/2022: Scribus 1.5.8 and LXLE Reviewed

    Links for the day



  9. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 23, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 23, 2022



  10. [Meme] Team UPC Congratulating Itself

    The barrage of fake news and misinformation about the UPC deliberately leaves out all the obvious and very important facts; even the EPO‘s António Campinos and Breton (Benoît Battistelli‘s buddy) participated in the lying



  11. Links 24/1/2022: pgBadger 11.7 Released, Catch-up With Patents

    Links for the day



  12. The Demonisation and Stereotyping of Coders Not Working for Big Corporations (or 'The System')

    The war on encrypted communication (or secure communications) carries on despite a lack of evidence that encryption stands in the way of crime investigations (most criminals use none of it)



  13. On the 'Peak Hacker' Series

    Hacker culture, unlike Ludditism, is ultimately a movement for justice, for equality, and for human rights through personal and collective emancipation; Dr. Farnell has done a good job explaining where we stand and his splendid series has come to a close



  14. Links 23/1/2022: First RC of Linux 5.17 and Sway 1.7 Released

    Links for the day



  15. Peak Code — Part III: After Code

    "Surveillance perimeters, smart TVs (Telescreens built to Orwell's original blueprint) watched over our living rooms. Mandatory smart everything kept us 'trustless'. Safe search, safe thoughts. We withdrew. Inside, we went quietly mad."



  16. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 22, 2022



  17. Links 23/1/2022: MongoDB 5.2, BuddyPress 10.0.0, and GNU Parallel 20220122

    Links for the day



  18. A Parade of Fake News About the UPC Does Not Change the General Consensus or the Simple Facts

    European Patents (EPs) from the EPO are granted in violation of the EPC; Courts are now targeted by António Campinos and the minions he associates with (mostly parasitic litigation firms and monopolists), for they want puppets for “judges” and for invalid patents to be magically rendered “valid” and “enforceable”



  19. Welcome to 2022: Intentional Lies Are 'Benefits' and 'Alternative Facts'

    A crooks-run EPO, together with the patent litigation cabal that we’ve dubbed ‘Team UPC’ (it has nothing to do with science or with innovation), is spreading tons of misinformation; the lies are designed to make the law-breaking seem OK, knowing that Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos are practically above the law, so perjury as well as gross violations of the EPC and constitutions won’t scare them (prosecution as deterrence just isn’t there, which is another inherent problem with the UPC)



  20. From Software Eating the World to the Pentagon Eating All the Software

    “Software is eating the world,” according to Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape), but the Empire Strikes Back (not the movie, the actual empire) by hijacking all code by proxy, via Microsoft, just as it grabbed a lot of the world’s communications via Skype, bypassing the world's many national telecoms; coders need to fight back rather than participate in racist (imperial) shams such as GitHub



  21. Links 22/1/2022: Skrooge 2.27.0 and Ray-Tracing Stuff

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 21, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, January 21, 2022



  23. Peak Code — Part II: Lost Source

    "Debian and Mozilla played along. They were made “Yeoman Freeholders” in return for rewriting their charters to “work closely with the new Ministry in the interests of all stakeholders” – or some-such vacuous spout… because no one remembers… after that it started."



  24. Links 22/1/2022: Ubuntu MATE 21.10 for GPD Pocket 3, MINISFORUM Preloads GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  25. Computer Users Should be Operators, But Instead They're Being Operated by Vendors and Governments

    Computers have been turned into hostile black boxes (unlike Blackbox) that distrust the person who purchased them; moreover, from a legislative point of view, encryption (i.e. computer security) is perceived and treated by governments like a threat instead of something imperative — a necessity for society’s empowerment (privacy is about control and people in positions of unjust power want total and complete control)



  26. Peak Code — Part I: Before the Wars

    Article/series by Dr. Andy Farnell: "in the period between 1960 and 2060 people had mistaken what they called "The Internet" for a communications system, when it had in fact been an Ideal and a Battleground all along - the site of the 100 years info-war."



  27. Links 21/1/2022: RISC-V Development Board and Rust 1.58.1

    Links for the day



  28. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 20, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 20, 2022



  29. Gemini Lets You Control the Presentation Layer to Suit Your Own Needs

    In Gemini (or the Web as seen through Gemini clients such as Kristall) the user comes first; it's not sites/capsules that tell the user how pages are presented/rendered, as they decide only on structural/semantic aspects



  30. The Future of Techrights

    Futures are difficult to predict, but our general vision for the years ahead revolves around more community involvement and less (none or decreased) reliance on third parties, especially monopolistic corporations, mostly because they oppress the population via the network and via electronic devices


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts