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  1. #1
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    Lanett, AL

    Looking to purchase a new laptop

    I'm searching for a new laptop, but all of the major manufacturers only offer units pre loaded with M$ products. What ways have you found around this. Is there a distributor out there that sells a no-OS laptop, or am I going to have to pay for M$ license that I won't use?????


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    I think that this is the first "name brand" laptop with linux installed.
    or this article,95026,00.html

    Or these ar two companies that have been releasing thier own laptops with linux

    If you are looking to install linux on a laptop that you buy that doesn't have linux preinstalled I would take a look here

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    adding to what logan5 said, apparently it's possible to buy a laptop with windows and then not agree to the microsoft software license agreement, which would, in some cases, allow you to get a refund from the laptop manufacturer. you would have to contact the laptop manufacturer via email or letter to get a refund, so this option might be a bit complicated.

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    If you can't find a 'brick and mortor" store with laptops with out an OS installed something else you might think about is buying on-line. I was on today and noticed that they have a section for ‘notebooks – no OS”. I might be a little nervous buying a laptop from an on-line retailer, but they did have Compaq, Gateway, IBM, Sony, and Toshiba, as well as many no-name variations, so they would probably stand behind their products.

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