[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Kris Douglas krisdouglas at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 17:07:57 UTC 2011

On 17 January 2011 16:21, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:
> On 17 January 2011 13:41, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
>> On 17/01/11 11:38, Sean Miller wrote:
>>> And, to be honest, I'm not too worried about "personalized attention"
>>> when
>>> installing if I am going to save £100 on the retail cost of the
>>> laptop... it
>>> will presumably "work out of the box"... where I might need the support
>>> is
>>> later
>> If you are happy to 'risk' that your purchase might not work completely
>>  with your chosen OS, then I agree that you would certainly pay a highter
>> price to use a specialist (Ubuntu) store.
> No, what I was saying was that a company could buy laptops that are proven
> to work with Linux (it isn't hard to check!) in bulk from people like DSG
> and then install Linux from a disc image.
> That is not a case of "might not work completely"... the company selling
> will know they work completely.
>> For me, if, say,  a laptop webcam was important to me, I would want to
>> know it worked before I committed.
> I'm not talking individuals here, I'm talking a supplier.
>> And if I had a dislike for a large software company that has pretty well a
>> monopoly, how would I feel when - with my own money, my hard earned cash - I
>> later saw them advertising how many of this or that version they *sold* last
>> year, including to me?
>> If low cost is very important, then, yes, ethical decisions become
>> difficul
> Well, if the machines came with Microsoft installed then I suppose it will
> be a statistic, but to be brutally honest I don't give a damn about
> statistics.
> Microsoft can CLAIM to have this percentage, or that percentage, of users.
> Ultimately it doesn't matter.
> Sean

There's always the option where you don't accept the Microsoft EULA
and get your money back for the install on the machine.

Regards, Kris Douglas.
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