Remote Admin, Static Internet connection and users like me
A little background first: I am just becoming interested in Linux at a level to actually do something about it. (I like M$ as much as I like AT&T or Bank of America--all money hungry corporations.) I don't know alot about computers, but I'm intelligent and interested, so I'll get there. I got my first computer in 1986--a Commodore 64--but neglected my own interest from 1991 to 1996. My involvement with computers since that time has been as an end-user. Although I am familiar with M$ installations, etc., I am by no means educated about computers on the level that all of you seem to be. I will soon be installing a network on some 486s I bought cheap from a company. I was going to just use Windows, which is already on the computers, but after reading some of the comments here, I'll also look into Linux as an option. As another project, I'm also going to buy a new computer, and install Linux (dual-boot, most likely), this spring. I'm doing both projects for my own edification. Since I'm learning, I've been on the Internet looking up all I can find about Linux, when I ran across this editorial. So I think I can add to this conversation from another perspective.
Comment: It seems to me that most of the ideas in the editorial and the comments could be rolled into one. Maybe it is time for some of you who have the know-how, and the love for Linux, to get together and start a Linux ISP that is also a computer reseller, and a remote admin service provider. All at once.
A lot of people that I know, even those who barely know how to turn on a computer, would rather not support a company like M$. But the alternative, for the general public, is to learn all about computers and join your ranks.
If these people had the option to go to a computer reseller that focused solely on Linux, they would do so--IF their needs were met. That reseller would have to supply the computer with Linux pre-installed and ready to go. With a word processor, web browser, spreadsheet, e-mail package, games, etc..
This company could publicize some selling points, some of which M$ doesn't currently offer:
* a much more stable system (we have one running at work, and it hasn't crashed yet. Our Windows based computers crash daily.)
* Remote Administration COVERED UNDER THE COST OF THE COMPUTER
* Internet access ALSO FINANCED WITH THE COMPUTER
In short, I don't think most people I know would pay $75/mo just for admin. They'll just keep really private stuff on other media, or not worry about it. Most people would choose the latter. But, if when they bought a computer, they had a choice to finance the price of the computer, Internet access and remote admin, I think they (including me) would pay a price that would be acceptable to all.
I don't know what that price point would be, but I think this is the answer. Bundle the following:
* the computer itself
* a firewall?
* Internet access
* Remote Admin
* Am I missing something else?
All in one monthly price. Because it would be done through a "computer reseller", the price would also be less for the customer. (Costs are generally spread across the company, and the workers are all paid salaries.)
The only problem is: what to call this new entity? It's not a computer reseller. Maybe "Computer Services Center"?