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Just asked Dell Ireland on Twitter to please explain to me why the exact same XPS 13 computer costs €630 more when it ships with Ubuntu – a free and open source operating system – than when it does with Windows 10.

twitter.com/aral/status/100548

(I can only imagine it’s a typo and will be fixed. Otherwise, there are lots and lots of questions to be asked.)

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@aral I think this image perfectly illustrates just how important critical getting Windows shipped with new computers is to Microsoft

@aral You mean, you aren’t going to buy another macbook?

@aral If it's not a bug/typo, it's maybe a storage price effect: they might have too much "Windows" version in stock, stock is expensive and getting rid of by massively reducing price is a very common thing in fact.

XPS 13 is awesome btw, love mine!

@aral
*Puts on tinfoil hat*
What if Microsoft gave Dell a good deal on their licenses in exchange for this Ubuntu price hike?
</conspiracy mode>

Creating and fine-tuning the image that comes pre-installed probably also takes some time. Since less Ubuntu laptops are sold the cost for this labor has to be split between fewer customers.

@aral it was like that as long as they exist. I think Microsoft makes them.

@aral
To be anal about that, they even use windows jargon (ubuntu 16 sp1) :-)

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