My dad just bought a new laptop in the UK. It cost 400 pounds. That's about $950AUD. It was a Toshiba Satellite Pro L20. I've been trying to get him onto Ubuntu for a while, so I did a quick search for the name of the laptop and Ubuntu in Google.
I came up with an Australian company (probably coz I'm in Australia and I was using google.com.au) that sold the same laptop, however offered to sell it with Ubuntu instead of Windows. However...
I was horrified to see that the standard price with Windows XP Home is $1609. Yes, expensive compared but that's not the part that horrified me. Windows is paid for software. It's not free, and the cost of it is included in the cost of the laptop.
So how come it costs an EXTRA $49 to have Ubuntu instead of Windows?!?!?!
The link is here. Unfortunatley, while companies are still ripping people off like this, it will be hard to get Linux into the main stream.
I felt I had to mention this, and the community chat seemd like the best place to vent my frustration.