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View Poll Results: Do you change a brand new PC directly to Linux, buy it with Linux, or something else?
Have bought Windows PCs and converted them straight to Linux 53 33.97%
Have only ever converted old PCs to Linux 16 10.26%
Have bought PCs which have Linux as their installed OS 11 7.05%
Typically build a custom system from the ground up 54 34.62%
Something else 22 14.10%
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:38 AM   #46
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Buying desktop machines mostly, they come a lot cheaper without MS-W installed, which suits me ;-)

No issues yet, openSUSE installs quickly, then they up and running.
 
Old 08-22-2014, 04:15 AM   #47
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Buying desktop machines mostly, they come a lot cheaper without MS-W installed, which suits me ;-)
Sadly I think this varies by country -- it seems virtually impoissible to buy a desktop or laptop with Linux pre-installed in the UK unless you go for the premium-priced Dell machines or a high end system from some of the Linux laptop vendors. I'm in the market for a laptop myself at the moment and it's depressing to say the least.
 
Old 08-22-2014, 06:43 AM   #48
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Hi,

I have purchased several Refurbished Dell Laptops over the years and have no trouble getting Slackware to run on these dependable machines. I always update the memory & then storage to 'SSD'. Optimize Slackware to get a great reliable machine.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 08-26-2014, 01:20 PM   #49
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. I have only refurbished compters since my last "new"one in 2003 which was a home build .. reused win 98,98SE.XP rev 1,2,3 . & dual booted the other side - for Linux w/swap . . Various no go s , although PCLinux gets mention for running 64bit 1st and problem free [ i did not know how to use it tho ]
..[serious thought- linux finally has what it needed in 1998 - load a basic dvd/cd player that works , browser , away to save and get to things][gaming still in play ]
. I would not have even done xp if my ubuntu was working back then
. I used to collect [ trash , side of road , hand-me-downs , scraps , broken-down and given & , trades]comps and then repaired ,re-built , maxed out the specs and gave excesse away
.ran out of 98, xp # 's so started playing with the small Linux Versions for years , but I am not an expert with Linux and could not find a way to use them when loaded . usually a sound &/or [conectivity issue - solved with trend net pci card using RTL81695 chipset !, bought 10 at one time ] required a 98 load .
. Now , all versions seem to load ;-) and work ; but ubuntu [2012LTS] was intuitive enough to work me onto the net and down load a workable DVD player . [ ok i got practice lownloading crap from reloading crashed comps and freebie hardware for windows driver hell[s]]
. So have done everything
BUT totally erase a New computer with an operating system
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but will dual boot it

Last edited by G13man; 08-26-2014 at 01:40 PM. Reason: forgot final connecting thought
 
Old 08-26-2014, 01:36 PM   #50
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I just ordered some parts to build my first system in a decade, I've always used/bought laptops. Don't plan to put Windows on it.
 
Old 08-26-2014, 02:04 PM   #51
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Desktop -> Build my my own PC. And load Linux as an OS.

Laptops -> Remove Windows and install Linux.
 
Old 08-26-2014, 02:54 PM   #52
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Hi,

interesting wording choices. Consider

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Have bought Windows PCs
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Have bought PCs which have Linux as their installed OS
Anyway, can't answer since the options are presented as a radio button but aren't mutually exclusive.

Evo2.
 
Old 09-02-2014, 11:13 PM   #53
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for laptop i get it empty w/o os then install with linux , much cheaper
 
Old 09-03-2014, 01:46 AM   #54
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Sadly I think this varies by country -- it seems virtually impoissible to buy a desktop or laptop with Linux pre-installed in the UK...
That may well be. While I built my desktop from scratch (without consulting any HCL, just ordering no bleeding edge newest technology) I got a netbook with a (badly) pre-installed asian linux for 30 or 50 euros less than the windows version from a German outlet. I did have to search, though. Linux machines seemed sort of hidden. So you might try a vendor who is shipping his wares all over europe if you don't let you get fazed by another language. I found that one usually can easily convert technical terms even when one doesn't actually speak a language.

Oh, and I wiped the original linux and replaced it with openSuSE. It is now booting besides that chakra, fedora, mint, FreeBSD, ubuntu too .
 
Old 09-03-2014, 04:34 AM   #55
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For me, I usually design a system that I can build that works with Linux, BSD, and Windows all equally.

I tend to stick to hardware like Nvidia graphics, C-Media audio, AMD CPU, and other such generally well supported cross-platform hardware.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 06:53 AM   #56
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I bought my laptop last autumn because of the secure boot issue I had the supplier to install linux.
I didn't like the set up ,so I re-installed with mint.
If I want windows I'll call a local double glazing company !
 
Old 09-03-2014, 08:39 AM   #57
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Sadly I think this varies by country -- it seems virtually impoissible to buy a desktop or laptop with Linux pre-installed in the UK unless you go for the premium-priced Dell machines or a high end system from some of the Linux laptop vendors. I'm in the market for a laptop myself at the moment and it's depressing to say the least.
Living in South Africa, we can walk into a just about any computer shop and purchase a PC without an OS, it's only the big retailers that don't allow you to customise your purchase.

I first ask the price on a new PC and they assume I want M$, so they give me the price for the whole package. I then ask them to remove M$ from the deal and I ask for better hardware. In every case, they have obliged me. A sale is a sale and they're happy to swap out as per my request. Therefore, I never have to pay the M$ tax on a new PC.

In the UK and other parts of the world, I see that you're not so lucky as I. Laptops are another story though.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 06:11 PM   #58
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While I've done everything in the list except for buying a computer with Linux pre-installed, I've mostly bought a new PC then install Linux on it. I always leave Windows as a dual-/multi-boot, but generally don't use the Windows side of it for years, except to keep it updated.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #59
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I bought my laptop last autumn because of the secure boot issue I had the supplier to install linux.
I didn't like the set up ,so I re-installed with mint.
If I want windows I'll call a local double glazing company !
Assuming it's an Intel PC, you could've just disabled secure boot from the BIOS.
 
Old 09-07-2014, 03:13 AM   #60
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Fit pcs I believe can be bought in many countries , if one bought a fit mintbox

and didn't like it one could always install another linux variant

Btw fit pcs are fanless !

http://www.linuxmint.com/store_mintbox.php
http://www.fit-pc.com/web/
PS re. this 2nd.edit,
On the original post I used two words linux + d.i.s.t.r.o
and it turned into a link to a.m.a.z.o.n which was not my
intention hence this edit !

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