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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Interesting
From: Nate Bargmann <n0nb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 20:51:15 -0600
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* Lars von dem Ast <mrprenzl@xxxxxxxxxx> [2001 Dec 15 20:08 -0600]:
> How does setting up a monopoly in schools remedy a corporate monopoly? Any 
> "underpriviledged school" that doesn't use cheap PCs running free software 
> needs to be sat down and quietly but firmly repremanded. Now write 1,000 
> times: "I will not waste taxpayer money on Microsoft."

I suppose the public misconception about the MS profit margins comes
into play here.  I think most people would agree that 10 to 15% profit
is a reasonable return.  However, with MS, if I recall correctly, profit
margins have been as high as 75%.  So, most people really believe that
MS has about $200 to $225 of overhead in that $250 software package.
The truth it is much less.  Couple that with guaranteed preload license
fees and we have ourselves a nice little monopoly game going here.

I could go on, but I'm preaching to the choir.

- Nate >>

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