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    Re: Charging money for *buntu install?

    Quote Originally Posted by prodigy_ View Post
    The installation is so easy a monkey could do it. You should charge for troubleshooting and maintenance.
    Allow me to disagree here: I've installed two 'Buntu distros recently and none of them were easy. I first installed Ubuntu 12.10 from a USB stick, but it would not boot. I've eventually found out after much reading of specialised forums that it was because of the format of the stick, which I was only able to change using a very obscure software.

    The second installation (Xubuntu 12.04) from a CD would have been easy had I not wanted to keep Win7 on it. By default, all the primary partitions were used, and so I had to modify the partitioning of my computer to keep going.

    All of this might seem easy issues for most people here to deal with, but I am pretty sure that many, if not most, "regular" MS users would/could not deal with them.

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    Re: Charging money for *buntu install?

    There are big differences between different computers. If you are reasonably lucky, your computer will let you install Ubuntu without any problems, but there are many exceptions. Often there is some hardware, that cannot co-operate with linux (no suitable linux driver). Sometimes the configuration the computer (UEFI, partittion table etc) makes it hard if you want dual boot, and many newbies (including me) want to keep Windows for at least a year.

    But if you can select the hardware (sell computer plus installation or help the customer specify what hardware to buy) it will be easy to install. And you can charge money for the knowledge how to select the hardware.
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    Re: Charging money for *buntu install?

    I'd just like to re-emphasize the issue of redistributing patented codecs and software that violates the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, libdvdcss2 in particular. If you are in the US, you cannot legally distribute any of these items to another party even if you give them away. That's why Ubuntu has restricted-extras and shifts the responsibility to the user to decide whether to obtain software that is legally restricted.

    I think you also should consider which desktop environment to ship. KDE often feels more similar to someone coming from Windows, for instance. Or you could have a few demo machines in your shop and let people choose which flavor they prefer.

    I'd also consider "full-boat" installations from the DVDs rather than the more restricted offerings on CD. Kubuntu, for instance, does not include things like GIMP, Firefox or Thunderbird by default. You might want to build a customized machine then use something like Remastersys to create a standard DVD with all the customizations to use on future installations.

    Some things to include would be a media player like VLC or, my preference, smplayer. DeVeDe might be a nice addition as well. If you're building the hardware as well as installing Ubuntu, I'd definitely choose NVIDIA over ATI as a graphics adapter. I've pretty much given up trying to get Linux to work with the Radeon 6870M in one HP laptop we own.

    One other product you might consider is a home server. That's an area where you can provide a lot more value compared to simply installing Ubuntu on desktops. Something like XBMC or MythTV to provide a "media center" box might also be appealing. These are products you could sell even to people who use Windows.
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    Re: Charging money for *buntu install?

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    One other product you might consider is a home server. That's an area where you can provide a lot more value compared to simply installing Ubuntu on desktops. Something like XBMC or MythTV to provide a "media center" box might also be appealing. These are products you could sell even to people who use Windows.
    I would pay for these and the Shop-built hardware.

    I am sure others' are like me, who find it better to spend time working at what I do best (OT if needed), than taking too much time doing this.

    Anyone in Saskatoon listening?

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    Re: Charging money for *buntu install?

    Some food for thought: I kind of do this, except it's putting Ubuntu/XFCE on old systems and re-donating them to people who can use them... particularly people with kids at the school district I work at that I know could use a computer at home to type up documents, etc. I spent a lot of time customizing one Ubuntu/XFCE image exactly as I wanted. Then I fired up Clonezilla Live and mounted a share from my Samba server on my LAN to back the image up. Now each time I get a new system (after I DBan the HDD for a day or two), I simply hook it up to the LAN and pull the image over. It makes deploying a tailored image crazy easy. Since Linux doesn't handle hardware is a less-than-logical manner like Windows does, I've been able to dump the same image on a laptop as a desktop with wildly different hardware. You may or may not want to do any sort of tailored image for people, but even if you keep it a vanilla instance it might be quicker to pull the image across a gigabit LAN than installing from CD or even USB in some cases.

    Just offering up that insight. I always try to make things as automated as possible.

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