[ILUG-BOM] acers latop AD: can we do something ?

sherlock at antispam sherlock@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Mon May 9 12:51:14 IST 2005

On Monday 09 May 2005 11:54, Erle Pereira wrote:
> Acers Laptop Ad in Times of India (today: 9th May '05), page 15.the
> "fine print"
> ***
> "the Linux that is loaded is a free version and would have limited
> functionality until another operating system is installed"
> ***
> this is really stupid!... can anything be done to educate the acer
> guys? this doesn't make any sense. It is extremely misleading. What
> "Missing / defunct " functionality are they talking about?

Should be refering to the graphics, Wlan and internal modem. Incase 
of graphics, 3d acceleration and mpeg decoding are in the closed drivers. 
They are usually freely downloadable. Also the latest Xorg progs have 
drivers for most nvdia cards. Intel has opened the specs and drivers 
for their wlan chipset. 

> Ads like these are _extremely misleading, damaging and do more to
> confuse people about GNU / FSF than anything else. more M$ fud ?

Mostly the stupid hardware companies still cant figure out the frying 
pan and the fire. They will tap dance until burnt to a crispy while M$ 
sucks out the last cent. Good for the blokes who are selling hardware 
with GNU/Linux.
Even IBM touts it's desktop with winxp. Reason it's not commercially
viable (read actually say something useful when a user calls) for them 
to support new linux users on GNU/Linux. Most problems on a GNU destop 
is due to newbie ignorance. The corporate and bussiness user is a 
different ball game altogether.


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