I remember some laptops had the option of having Ubuntu instead of Windows, I think it was HP a while back. I don't think the price was different. If that's still the case, I'll just get Windows and install Ubuntu over it.
In any case, you will probably have a hard time finding one without Windows, so even if you do find one, it will probably end up not being cheaper than other Windows laptops. (If that makes sense)
Dell used to do some laptops that came with Ubuntu preinstalled.
Alternatively there are Ubuntu specific suppliers such as System 76. But I can't say I've seen a manufacturer supplying laptops without an OS.
Another option may be to look at preconfiguring your own laptop via a website? Though I don't think this will be cheaper...
Any custom build vendor besides Dellienware that I know of can do it with no OS. I have a Sager NP8150 that I specifically ordered with no OS because I already owned a copy of Win 7 that wasn't being used.
if i recall you can uninstall windows from a brand new laptop and then get a rebate cheque from them if you dont want it, they will take the cd key and unregister it in thier database to make it invalid.
Maybe more laptop than you want, but alot of the custom pc sites like:
allow you to configure a laptop without OS. But honestly given the limited number of suppliers that will ship without OS, I'm sure it still makes more sense financially to simply remove Windows yourself.
As said, even the companies that give you the option for Ubuntu like HP/Dell still make you pay the same amount, so not much of a choice. If I were you'd I'd find one on craigslist/ebay/ocn in good condition for cheap and just install w.e you want on it.
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