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Get Linux preloaded ... but not yet in NZ/Oz

, posted: 12-Dec-2007 07:13

I came across this site here today:

It lists different vendors of computers (desktops and laptops), which offer them with Linux pre-loaded so that you don't have to install it yourself and don't need to pay for a Windows license even if you don't plan on using Windows.

There are quite a few options now in the US and Europe (Dell being the most famous one, of course), but none yet here in this part of the world (New Zealand and Australia). That's a bit sad, but hopefully it will happen soon.

In the meantime, there are some of those vendors who will ship world-wide. Of course, any support or product return issues are complicated by the distance and potentially expensive shipping.

Here's a call then to vendors in New Zealand and Australia: The business model works for vendors in other parts of the world, and it will work here as well. We would like choices as well, so please: Give us Linux preloaded! You know I would recommend you in my blog! Smile

Offering pre-loaded Linux is important for a number of reasons:
  1. You know that the hardware will work with the software.
  2. It makes Linux more attractive for those who don't want to deal with having to install an operating system.
Having more of this is a win for the consumer (more choice, a free OS and environment) and for Linux in general.


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Comment by Anthony, on 12-Dec-2007 17:57

Here here!

The same market exists in Canada too, but no one is even considering entering it. My only option is to buy a dell, and then try to return the copy of Windows that comes pre-loaded. (Wish me luck!)

Comment by Tim, on 14-Dec-2007 14:13

The ASUS Eee PC is available from Dick Smith here in New Zealand: , but it's not unequivocally a good idea. This site: mentions---among other things---GPL violations (whether accidental or intentional) and possibly unenforceable warranty restrictions. I think the Consumer Guarantees Act might give you more rights in New Zealand than the warranty suggests, but you shouldn't have to go to court to find out, they should give you a decent guarantee to begin with.

That's not to mention that it runs Xandros, which has a dodgy GPLv2-circumvention agreement with Microsoft.

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