re: PC Sales Slump Continues
That is the problem with a mature market. For what 90% of people do, a Pentium 4 PC is good enough (web browsing, email, word processing). Who needs to upgrade to an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and an inane (insane?) in your face tablet operating system that most desktop people who have tried it have come to hate? People now buy new PCs when they break, not to get "new and improved" features, as they do with phones or tablets. The old routine of upgrading your PC every three years has become more like 5 to 8 years. And that makes economic sense to most consumers. Unix/Linux has been touted as a Windows replacement for 15 years now and it hasn't happened. All the Linux fans have a chance come next April when Windows XP goes off into the sunset. Help your friends and neighbors get several more years use out of their existing PCs by putting Ubuntu or your favorite flavor on them and showing them how to do the basics. Microsoft and the PC makers are undoubtedly expecting a new wave of PC purchases (or upgrades to Windows 7 or 8) when XP goes belly up. The adoption of Ubuntu could put a monkey wrench into that forecast, but like I said, it is really up to the fans of Linux to make it happen. Your average person out here will not put Ubuntu on their own PCs because it is above their level of technical expertise.