Dell users paying heavy premium for running Microsoft Windows Vista

Dell's customers are paying a heavy premium for personal computers running Microsoft's Vista, according to data compiled by Techworld. Last week's LinuxWorld event saw a number of open source desktop announcements, including Dell announcing it was selling its first Linux-based PCs outside the US, with the Ubuntu-based Inspiron 530n desktop, and the Inspiron 6400n notebook […]

Dell’s customers are paying a heavy premium for personal computers running Microsoft’s Vista, according to data compiled by Techworld.

Last week’s LinuxWorld event saw a number of open source desktop announcements, including Dell announcing it was selling its first Linux-based PCs outside the US, with the Ubuntu-based Inspiron 530n desktop, and the Inspiron 6400n notebook now available in the UK, France and Germany.

This step has enabled a comparison of the typical cost of a machine running Vista, compared with the same machine running an open source operating system such as Ubuntu.

The Dell Inspiron 530(n) desktop comes with an Intel Dual Core E2140 (1.6GHz) processor, plus 512Mb of RAM, a 160Gb hard drive, and a 19 inch panel. When the Inspiron 530 desktop is used as the benchmark machine, Dell customers were found to be paying on average an 18% premium in the UK for a machine running Vista, compared to the same spec’ed machine running Ubuntu. In the United States, Dell users are paying a 20% premium to use Vista on the same specified machine.

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Dell, Microsoft, Windows Vista, Dell Destops