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    Buying A Laptop With No Operating System On.

    Has anyone bought a new Laptop with no operating system on ?, then installed Linux, If so what, any problems etc.

    These are the only two uk shops that seem to sell them, If you know of any more, links please.

    View our great range of Home Laptops @ Novatech

    I see someone in the above forum has used and recommends PCLos. Which I use .


    Ebuyer Extra Value Laptop - Laptops at Ebuyer


    Being retied I'm a bit out of touch

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    As logng as you know what components are used, e.g. intel pro network, or nvidia 9800 gt graphics, then you'll be fine. The only problem i can imagine is finding drivers for really obscure parts.

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    Your topic title caught my attention. We recently purchased some Dell mini notebooks with basically no OS on them (FreeDos) because we thought that our Windows OS licensing was covered by our School Agreement license with Microsoft. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Got that fixed now but what a hassle. Gotta have that pretty little Windows sticker on the box.

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    Last time I checked you can buy (under small and medium business) a laptop without an OS. They threw in a FreeDOS disk when we bought some a while ago.

    You have to phone and get someone from the UK/Eire on the phone to do so, since (IME) it's too far from $standard_scripted_customer_requests for most elbonian outsourcing.

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    You might want to check somewhere like www.linux-laptop.net for hardware compatibility.

    Or www.linlap.com/wiki/laptops

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    You might try refusing the EULA on a windows box. Worked for this guy...

    Slashdot Technology Story | Amazon UK Refunds Windows License Fee, With Little Hassle

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    Thinkpads always fair well with Linux too. ICT Direct can sort out slightly-used ones which will save you more than the price of a Windows license.

    Then check out ThinkWiki for help.

    The bonus of doing it this way is that you can run a VM of Windows if you need to and it's all legit.

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