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Anyone bought a Dell Linux computer?

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If finances permit, I'm going to get one of their Linux laptops this summer,and load up 8.04 on it (if they don't come with it by then). I was wondering if anyone else has had experiences with the laptop (or the desktop).
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The dell Linux machines are more expensive than the windows ones, ironically enough...
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Really? That's retarded! Do they give a reason? (To lazy to look it up myself)
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Really? That's retarded! Do they give a reason? (To lazy to look it up myself)
Well they subsidize some of the cost with all the crap they load on the computer when you get it, all the free trials etc. Plus they'll have some junk where it's a service to remove windows and install linux ... since its so much work, so they'll charge you for that ...
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Well they subsidize some of the cost with all the crap they load on the computer when you get it, all the free trials etc. Plus they'll have some junk where it's a service to remove windows and install linux ... since its so much work, so they'll charge you for that ...
idk if you'd get the adware on the Linux computers, but the windows computers are subsidized by the adware. I wasn't sure if that's what you were getting at; that could explain why the Linux computers are still expensive if they don't come with adware.

I don't think they'd charge to "remove windows and then install Linux." I'm pretty sure they'd be rolling them out with Linux in the first place...
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I think its cheaper then normal , you can get a basic latitude laptop for 480$...(It comes with a FreeDOS setup instead of XP/Vista.)

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Dell sells Linux machines?!?!?! I'm more surprised now than when I found out they sell stand alone graphics cards!
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Your reasons for it being more expensive is incorrect.

The reason it is more expensive is a change in hardware. The Dell machines that come with Linux have their hardware supported out of the box. The ones you get with Freedos or whatnot have similar hardwaree, but some things require tweaking to get working properly (eg, wifi, nvidia)
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It should actually be $50 less... The Great Dell Linux Scam
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Originally Posted by Pap3r View Post
It should actually be $50 less... The Great Dell Linux Scam
I saw this from the beginning. I couldn't tell if it was just my imagination or not.

To this day, I still say OSs should be sold SEPARATELY from computers. They should be entirely separate products, and the user should go out and buy the OS after he buys the computer that has an empty HDD.

Or at LEAST give us the option to NOT have an OS already installed on the computer. Allow us the choice to buy a computer that has a clean drive so that we don't have to pay for the crap OS that we might not want that you insist on bundling!
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