Let's buy GNU/Linux computers!
I've just read a great (though long) article: The Linux Desktop Myth. At first I wasn't too fond of the premise, but then I became unsure where is it leading to until the conclusion with which I can completely agree.
No matter how good, beautiful, polished, featureful, easy to use and install we make GNU/Linux it still wont be enough to to rapidly start growing towards desktop computers domination. The reason is simply that most desktop computer users don't really make choices at all when it comes to the operating system they run. Most of them use what comes pre-installed on a PC they buy. Now while this is to many a known argument, this article made me want to emphasize it alot harder and see it a bit clearer.
So what do we do to promote rapid growth of GNU/Linux on the desktop is "vote with our wallets", so to speak, and buy PC's with GNU/Linux pre-installed whenever we can. There is a good chance that there is a PC vendor somewhere near you which offers GNU/Linux PC's. You just may not have yet heard of them. One place to start looking is LXer's list of companies selling preinstalled Linux and no-OS computers.
This is important because if alot of us start buying GNU/Linux pre-installed machines more than usuall we are creating a market force which has a potential to attract larger vendors like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc. to start offering GNU/Linux computers more rapidly and advertising them more than they do now. This in turn leads to many people buying PCs with GNU/Linux pre-installed which otherwise wouldn't, even if the reason for that decision is the cute Tux logo on a PC case. The thing is that often the price may be the tipping point as PCs with same technical specifications, but with GNU/Linux pre-installed, may actually be cheaper than those with Windows.
It's an awesome opportunity. So if you're about to buy a new computer. Don't buy a "white box" (no OS) or even worse a Windows PC. Buy a PC with GNU/Linux on it and add to the statistic which may lead to the turning point for GNU/Linux.
So, what do you think?