[kwlug-disc] OT: "No I will not fix your computer."

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Sat Nov 2 15:35:33 EDT 2013


I read somewhere that the cost of purchasing a Windows PC is only 10% of
the total cost of ownership.

However... we must remember that FOSS isn't free as in beer in a corporate
world.  There are licenses to buy for Linux there.  My rule of thumb is
that if you use the computer to make money, then you should pay the
developers.  If it's just your own computer for learning or playing, then
ok.  But we mustn't think that Linux grows on trees.  Developers need to
eat too!

Despite what MS says, Linux is still far far far cheaper to install and
maintain than Windows.  And it runs a darn sight better!



On 2 November 2013 14:04, John Kerr <johneddie.kerr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Rashkae
>
> Well everything that you have said confirms what we Penguinistas have been
> saying about Windows' hidden costs of ownership.
>
> I wish that I had the link to a news story about a school system in Great
> Britain that saved mega bucks (pounds) by switching to Linux. Just the
> relief of not having to keep track of system disks and licences alone was a
> substantial savings.
>
> I wish people would understand that it is better to pay someone like you
> to do the work that they would rather not do -- like installing an
> operating system. Better to pay you, a person in our local economy, up to
> $100.00 to install Linux than to buy a system with Windows installed but
> done in some foreign country.
>
>
> Thanks or sharing
>
> John
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Rashkae <rashkae at tigershaunt.com> wrote:
>
>> On 13-11-01 12:17 PM, John Kerr wrote:
>>
>>
>>> So would you agree that repairing a Linux computer would be more time
>>> efficient?
>>>
>>> Restoring email, browsers and data would be the same effort as in Windows
>>> but at least the applications would be a breeze.
>>>
>>>
>> That can depend.  Absolutely, without question, installing and updating
>> Linux is *way* faster and more time efficient... Unbelievably faster.
>>
>> However, the wealth of options and customizations can be it's own trap.
>>  I'm not really happy with any of the current Linux desktops as they ship,
>> and at least on my own system, end up spending way more time tweaking and
>> customizing to my taste.  I think it's great that Linux offers all these UI
>> options, and everything works amazingly well together, considering.
>>  (although, on a side rant, wtf is with the GTK guys... Every new point
>> release breaks all gtk themes, so now you have to hunt for themes that were
>> released specifically for the point release of gtk shipped with your
>> distro?? Insanity)
>>
>>
>> PS.  I don't charge bench time, because if I'm leaving a system
>> unattended, the process can take 1 or 2 days, since I only get back to it
>> opportunistically.  OTOH, I charge less for that.  If you have 3 or more
>> benches, you can do multiple systems at the same time, and get better
>> efficiency that way.  However, it's relatively rare that I have more than 1
>> or 2 computers in 'shop' at the same time, since my service business is
>> mostly mobile, not drop in.
>>
>>
>>
>>
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