[CoLoCo] Dual-boot and wine options
jeffrey_lepage at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 18 18:16:46 BST 2008
I'm trying to help a local school get some Linux machines (for admin and staff use). They had decided to go with Dell and get some desktops with Ubuntu pre-installed. They were offering pretty decent machines for cheap. Then Dell informed us that they couldn't give us the advertised special because we're a school. Go figure. Instead they would sell us the same machine for MORE money. Also, the only OS option is Vista Business.
I'm talking to HP and others now. They're willing to _try_ to match Dell's original price, but they also insist on installing Windows. They want to install WinXP Pro. The school thought about going with a white-box assembler and getting no-OS machines, but they decided they wanted a big well-known vendor.
So, what are my options? Let's say I get some vendor to sell us machines with WinXP pre-installed. Maybe I can use this to our advantage and offer some extra Windows support?
How about re-sizing the pre-installed windows partition and making them dual-boot?
I also recall that it's possible to run wine by accessing the DLL's on an existing windows partition. Is this a good option?
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