[CoLoCo] Dual-boot and wine options

David Overcash funnylookinhat at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 19:52:04 BST 2008

I'm not sure how the pricing is working out for you exactly... but System 76
builds really nice Linux Desktops and Laptops.  They can't exactly match
Dell's Linux pricing (they can't buy large enough bulk parts) but they sure
can get close.


Besides that, I'd have the school seriously consider going white-box
systems.  Sell it to them this way:  When you buy a computer from a large
manufacturer, all you are really guarunteed is a 1-year warranty on parts
and some basic Microsoft Windows support.  If they go white-box, they not
only save cost on the machine price, but if any parts do go wrong they could
just fix them in house or hire a consultant (like you?) to fix the parts.

Buying a Linux machine from a large vendor really doesn't make sense ever
unless you don't feel comfortable building your own machine, or you are
buying a corporate package (i.e. servers, a cluster, bulk workstations).

Just my thoughts.

If they really need someone to custom build and offer consulting, tell them
to give me a call.  I'm really cheap.  : )


On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM, Jeffrey LePage <jeffrey_lepage at yahoo.com>

> 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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