Re: Sub-notebooks Are Harming Microsoft (Margins, GNU/Linux Growth)
On Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:05:31 -0600, Rex Ballard <rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx>
Meanwhile, there are more and more "Tells" that indicate that more and
more people are installing Linux after-market. There may even be many
VARs and service providers as well as consultants who have begun to
make a career out of creating "dual-mode" systems from Vista laptops
and desktops. Often, they can also provide the "Downgrade" to XP.
I tell people who are looking to buy a Dell, check Dell's support page. If
they don't have XP drivers available for that particular model, don't get
it. Eventually they're going to want to dump Vista. I personally like the
Optiplexes -- I've always bought them used -- but I've noticed that quite
a few Dimensions also have XP drivers available for download.
My wife is thinking of buying a new computer. We'll probably pay the extra
$99 to get XP preloaded because she's more comfortable with that. If it
were me, and I wanted to use XP, I would just "downgrade" on my own.
What irritates me about Dell is that, if you decide to get a machine with
Linux or FreeDOS (or even no OS) they almost always offer a Celeron
version. So, once you've gone through the "configuration manager" and
update the specs, it turns out to cost more to get a comparable Dell with
no OS than it does to get one with Vista.
"There's a story there...somewhere"