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Re: Desktop PC with Linux Pre-Installed - Can one be bought in the UK?

__/ [ John Stumbles ] on Monday 22 May 2006 09:26 \__

> On Sun, 21 May 2006 14:59:13 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ Chris Gordon-Smith ] on Sunday 21 May 2006 14:48 \__
>>> I am thinking of replacing my desktop PC. To save a lot of tinkering,
>>> it would seem to make sense to buy one with Linux pre-installed.
>>> Does anyone know whether such a thing is available in the UK, and if
>>> so, from where?
>> http://tinyurl.com/8q8t2
>> Just remember to set BIOS as the reviews indicate.
>> Dabs, in terms of service, are terrible (Dabs was recently acquired by BT
>> and former CEO saw my rants in another NG). However, once you get the
>> product, all will be fine. I have had one since August and no problems _at
>> all_. Ships with SuSE 9.3; Make sure you get 10.1 which is the lastest;
>> Works fine with other distributions (tried Ubuntu, Mandrake).
> eBuyer do (or used to) much the same box (usually a few quid cheaper).
> As with dabs ebuyer sell on price rather than customer service so if
> anything goes wrong you won't get any hand-holding, just a
> return/refund/repair (if that goes smoothly).
I didn't quite know that coming in. I heard/read negative reviews with
regards to customer service (Microdirect likewise), but was hoping to be
among the lucky ones. I was not. *sigh*

By the way, the eBuyer offers, which I know are cheaper, were brought to my
attention a few months ago. While Dabs sold it for GBP 165 at the time,
eBuyer sold it for GBP 127, IIRC.

Best wishes,


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