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Old 08-26-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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Buy a PC without a preloaded OS?


I am planning to purchase a laptop PC on which I will be running a Linux OS. Does anyone know where I can find PCs without a Microsoft OS preloaded? I don't want to pay extra for it, and although most new PCs come with it "included", the cost must be embedded in there somewhere. I want to find someplace that will sell me a PC discounted because it has no preloaded OS. I know I can just load and run Linux on a PC with Windows, but I'd rather not have a Microsoft product on my PC.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:41 AM   #2
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You can always check out: http://www.emperorlinux.com/

But in the end, if you end up buying one with Windows, send it back to Microsoft and tell them that you do not agree with their EULA and want a refund on the Software, or tell the store that. Usually they have to honor it.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 09:06 AM   #3
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That's a cool idea... I never thought about that. I usually buy the components separately and assemble the machine myself. That way you get exactly what you want and you know how much everything costs.

Edit... I meant for desktops, not laptops. I let my laptop come with Windows, but I just don't use it.

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Old 08-26-2005, 09:10 AM   #4
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If you don't mind the brand of the laptop, perhaps there are some "shop-brewed" models that you can find in the local stores. At least I can find many of them here in Japan. And you can even choose certain parts of the laptop and the price is usually cheaper than well-established brands.

Oh ya, maybe you should state where do you live so you can get more relevant answers.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 09:11 AM   #5
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hi there,
or u just come to asian countries.
u will get everything u want, be it of microsoft or anyone else, without paying anything
i've lots of microsoft products..........and never paid for them (lol)

regards
 
Old 08-26-2005, 09:18 AM   #6
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BTW... that emperorlinux page is neat, but they seriously overprice their laptops. My AMD64 3700+ with 1GB RAM, 80GB 5400 HD, DVD +/- RW, internal 802.11g 108Mbps wireless, 15.4" widescreen brightview display, etc. cost me $1400 direct from the manufacturer.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 03:16 PM   #7
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in General, and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 03:17 PM   #8
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So you took "come to Asia" as an invitation to immigrate to an Asian country? I took it as more of a "buy pirated software and then take it back to where it's definitely illegal," which happens a lot more often. In any case, you're the mod. It's your call.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 03:19 PM   #9
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At ibuypower you can get a nice cheap PC without an OS preloaded.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 03:22 PM   #10
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He didn't say:
Come to an Asian country, buy all you need, and take
it home to your fatherland ...

But as I said: even if people bought stuff there that would
still be legal. Taking it home is where trouble starts. But
then again, I'm not a lawyer, and definitely not an expert
in intl. Law.

I suggest we put this topic to rest?


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