[kwlug-disc] netbooks without windows

Johnny Ferguson hyperflexed at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 15:06:22 EDT 2010

Interesting thought. I might consider it if spending more time looking 
isn't worth it. I guess from an idealist standpoint I'd like to send the 
message (however small) that I don't support distributors that force 
windows on their users.

As I understand it, the only motivation for a company doing so is to 
receive some kind of volume discount on their OEM licenses. I don't see 
why they can't just wipe the hard drive for me (Dell).

- Johnny

On 06/23/2010 02:56 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> Just a thought.  While all my net/notebooks run linux, I don't mind
> buying one with XP installed. I buy it then wipe it :). My attitude is
> that when I go to sell it, whoever buys it is probably going to want
> windows. So I get my money back then.
> On 23/06/10 02:39 PM, Johnny F wrote:
>> note: I sent this a number of times without it showing up on the list,
>> I apologize if this is a duplicate.
>> ---
>> Hi,
>> Wondering if anyone could make a recommendation on the best place to get
>> a notebook without windows in Canada. I need the netbook primarily for
>> my electronics bench (writing code, flashing microcontrollers), and
>> secondarily as a lightweight laptop for browsing the internet when I
>> leave home and don't want to carry a 10 pound laptop around (which is
>> also huge and power hungry).
>> Places I've looked:
>> - Dell:
>> seems they only offer the ubuntu option in the states.
>> Haven't had much luck getting Dell Canada to offer me a
>> non-windows netbook.
>> - System76:
>> based in the states. They have nice a nice ubuntu netbook
>> but the high international shipping costs make it somewhat
>> cost-prohibitive. (over $100 for a $360 netbook)
>> Ideally this netbook would be in the $300-500 range. Any help or
>> experiences you can offer would be greatly appreciated. If it was also
>> available in Canada that would be ideal.
>> Regards,
>> Johnny
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