i know microsoft used to be in the practice of not allowing computer
resalers to sell M$ operating systems if you supported any other OS.
that meant that all the big boys would only sell M$ because thats their
bread and butter. Dell experimented with selling laptops/desktops with
RedHat installed, but i dont know if they charged for this.
Its also way harder to have to support a non-M$ OS. their support
monkeys don't even know M$ stuff well, do you think they'd be able to
tell you why modprobing your firewire card doesn't work in 2.2.17? :)
--- geoffe02 <geoffe02@...
> Looks like Walmart.com are offering fully built computers without
> any software *whatsoever* loaded up in the harddrive. Sounds like a
> good way to keep the price of new computer low as well as offer a
> choice for the consumer to load up whatever operating system they
> want in that computer. Sigh....I wish Dell could have done
> something like this when I bought my laptop. Hopefully, this
> particular business practice will be followed by other computer
> However, I get the feeling that most folks who would want to use
> other OS's besides that from M$ are likely to build their own
> desktop anyways. What do you all think?
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