Vote with your dollars

I’m going over my notes from LCA 2008 as I write a feature on open source for MIS magazine, and this quote from Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief technologist for open source, still stands out to me:

“Next time you buy hardware, think very hard about a way that you can signal to the vendor that you don’t want Windows. The message gets passed on as soon as its loud enough.”

He was talking about desktop computers, but of course it’s equally applicable to servers and other hardware.

Bravo to the vendors who do offer alternative operating systems on their desktop PCs and laptops – including Dell, HP (later this year) and ASUS.

If you think this post is just a way for me to justify buying an Eee PC, shame on you. 🙂

3 Comments

  1. Vote with your dollars | Guide Open Source Said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 6:47 am

    […] amyStephen wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptI’m going over my notes from LCA 2008 as I write a feature on open source for MIS magazine, and this quote from Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief technologist for open source, still stands out to me: “Next time you buy hardware, … […]

  2. Dirk Said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    This works both ways. Lots of people wanted Windows on their EeePC – that’s why there is now a Windows version (with smaller SSD to make up the cost difference to Linux).

    But the main point is that /especially/ on the client there is a broad assumption among the OEMs that customers want Windows (and that people buying Linux might just load “their own” version of Windows). And that’s the mis-information that we need to combat by explicitly asking for Linux (or OS-less) versions of the systems.

  3. admin Said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 3:20 am

    Thanks for dropping by, Dirk. I didn’t get a chance at LCA to tell you how much I enjoyed your talk.

    I’m also mindful that at consumer level, often buyers don’t *know* they can have a choice of operating system. I’m thinking of moms and dads or anyone who’s not likely to open up and tinker with a PC or install a new OS.
    That’s the cool thing about the Eee PC – they made a Linux-based system aimed at ordinary users. That’s a powerful thing. 🙂