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China’s domestic PC market is set to go from strength to strength in 2012 with shipments forecast to rise at three times the rate of the global market, although analysts warn there could be trouble ahead. The China Electronics Research report from market watcher IHS iSuppli claimed that PC shipments in the People’s Republic …

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Overstock

Will we be seeing computers in dollar stores soon?

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I thought the global market for PC's was shrinking?

So China must be shrinking 3 times as fast.

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The Elephant in the room

The stock overhang is an even bigger problem if it is not Windows 8 compatible. Without a qualified UEFI BIOS in place, then this is strictly Win7 or Linux stock.

With the success of Win8 not guaranteed by any means then there will need to be stock capable of addressing both markets and this can only be achieved with an installed UEFI with a disable option. Microsoft does not allow disable on it's ARM machines but does on it's X86 machines. If X86 PC's are installed with a disable option then the panic currently felt in the Linux community will be unfounded.

It seems unfair to the Chinese manufacturers on which Microsoft depends as platforms for it's product sales, are now being held to ransom by it's product requirements and delivery schedules.

We live in interesting times for sure.

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Re: The Elephant in the room

wouldn't it be interesting if the Chinese sold off this overstock at discounted prices with Linux Mint or another popular consumer friendly Linux on it.

Here's hoping.

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Meh

«The only note of real pessimism in the past few months

has come from Samsung, whose China CEO, Kim Young-ha, went on record in May complaining the government's austerity measures were hurting consumer demand.» On the other hand, the Chinese government has since then moved to loosen credit in order to mitigate the slowdown ; only time will tell if they can succeed in successfully manoeuvring between the Scylla of stagnation and the Charybdis of inflation....

Henri

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