Originally Posted by CoffeeShark
well crap, there goes my afternoon.
let's get back to reality, though.
craig, you know that the owning company in no way ever leaves a subordinate company to run it's own business. this is not random thinking, i've worked for companies that were acquired by larger companies, folded in, promised independence and soon imposing their will.
Working independently, maybe, but alienware must now act as part of a publicly-traded company and the pressure from Dell to do...well, to do whatever they want will be there. Whether it's a hardware decision, purchasing partner, pretending that Dell will be some beneficial giant that leaves AW alone is wishful thinking.
if Alienware heads think they will forever be able to make their own decisions on product without significant input from Dell On High, then they've never experienced an acquisition. It's all glory and sunshine and harmony for the first month, but when Dell gets over their excitement over making more than a 4% profit on a computer line, they'll start looking for places to cut costs and increase profits.
It's not a matter of what AW or Dell wants, it's a matter of bottom-line thinking that starts at the top of any large publicly owned company.