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Re: Laptop Recommendations?

On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 03:04:05PM -0500, Kevin Mark wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 10:18:05AM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 01:12:20PM -0500, Rick Reynolds wrote:
> > >  It's probably worth getting a 
> > > larger hard drive and keeping a Dell-supported OS on there as a dual 
> > > boot option just so you can verify that any problems you're having are 
> > > not hardware related.  But if you're more hardware savvy than I am, that 
> > > might not be an issue for you (this is my first laptop I've ever owned).
> > 
> > how ironic is it that you have to keep around a notoriously unreliable
> > operating system to prove to the manufacturer that their hardware is
> > failing...
> > 
> > A
> That seems to be a bigger issue than get a pseudo-ms-less desktop like
> Dell now offers. You can get it with a freedos floppy but you have to
> buy a box of Suse which Dell will not install or support. So how exactly
> will Dell (or any ISP for that matter) help you with issues if you dont
> have a supported OS that they say you need to check the HW? And of
> course that any free OS system will just cost more. So it is less than
> useless to have an OS-free machine, if in order to get support from Dell
> or other folks, you need Winblows for them to address and fix your
> computer woes. You will always need winbows to get official support and
> to install bios updates and other things.
> It seems with a free os you can never recieve support from an ISP, hw
>  manufacture, laptop maker, etc. Unless you find someone like system76,
>  pogolinux, etc. And that is not much in the way of consumer choice.

more and more I think I should be building and selling
debian-installed computers...


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