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
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.