__/ [ ac ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 10:38 \__
> In the UK newspaper The Guardian, in the Technology section (date
> Thursday April 27, 2006) one of the 'Ask Jack' questions which are
> published and answered is about trying to buy a cheap laptop with
> Linux pre installed.
> There is a fairly reasonable answer given.
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| Jack Schofield replies: It is hard to buy a notebook PC without an
| operating system or with Linux pre-loaded. You can get them by mail
| order, but even then, they are not necessarily cheaper than Windows
| machines. Manufacturers generally argue it is expensive to obtain drivers
| and test Linux systems, relative to the number of sales, and it increases
| the number of stock-keeping units and other warehousing, distribution
| and advertising costs. There's also support, which can easily cost far
| more than the operating system, and home users are generally unwilling
| to pay the price.
While some of the arguments seem decent on paper, many vendor will offer no
support. Then comes another consideration: why pay for a Microsoft licence
rather than purchase an Open PC (blank hard-drive)?
Dell are rumoured to have plans of launching Linux laptops in France . As
for the UK, Novatech sell Intel and AMD laptops without an operating system
PS - AC, my eSys computer has worked flawlessly since September. Their laptop
offer is similar (cost-wise, even before coupons) to some of the offers from
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