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Desktop with Linux or no OS
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
Walmart is now selling some Linux loaded PCs, but again the specs are very weak.
Note that there's a post about them in the Coffee Lounge.oz
I've bought four Dell 'N' series computers over the last 5 years, that is, a Dell with no operating system. They give you freeDos to go with it... I guess it pleases Microsoft for them to do that, I've had very good service out of all of them.
- Join Date
- Dec 2004
Building a computer yourself is highly recommended, usually a great learning experience and much cheaper (30% to 50% off is my personal guess for a machine with comparable specs). You also have more control over your upgrade path.
Another option I have used in the past is to buy a used computer. A large wave of P4 desktops is just hitting the auction sites and be with us for the next 4 to 5 years.
This story just goes to demonstrate there are likely a kazillion computers out there that are perfectly fine hardware wise, but most people are just not aware of where problems are, and shuck really nice machines for a song and a dance. What a pity... I feel certain that a good cleaning and tweaking could have had this box back in excellent condition in no time... Oh well... The computer market is fueled by a lot of ignorance too...
So yes... It might be very worth it to shop around for an older box like this.
I'm a builder myself. I still buy the odd OEM piece. For example I just bought the equivalent of the Dell Ubuntu laptop but unfortunately you can't get Ubuntu here yet.
Anyway it's like this. I've been using the same computer for 4 years. All I've changed is the motherboard, case, CPU, drives, graphics cards and RAM I do the odd upgrade here and there so it doesn't feel like much changes with the exception of the big CPU/Mobo upgrade I just did.