Posted May 16, 2003 14:47 UTC (Fri) by tjc
Parent article: Where are the Linux laptops?
If the Dell, Toshiba and other big vendors started demanding Linux-compatible parts, it wouldn't take long before their upstream vendors responded.
Yes, this would be a nice intermediate step between buying a laptop with Linux preloaded and buying a laptop not even knowing for sure what's going to work and what's not when you get it home.
Taking a "test drive" with a Linux on a CD with a live file system is currently the best alternative, but this is hard to do, since a lot of sales people will think that you're trying to upload a virus onto one of their systems if they see you doing this. It doesn't really pay to ask permission, since the answer will usually be "no", or "let me ask my manager" following by "no" a few minutes later. If you live in a big city, the trick is to pick out 4 or 5 stores and move around a lot. :-)
And, when they have offered Linux they didn't offer a dual-boot system with Windows as well, something Durey says many of his customers are looking for.
This is probably due to their contractual agreements with MSFT. I don't remember if this was changed as a result of the anti-trust trial or not. It should have been.
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