[ILUG] Buying PC's with Linux Pre-Installed
brendan.halpin at ul.ie
Wed Nov 29 09:30:24 GMT 2000
John Kinsella <john.kinsella at ul.ie> writes:
> Hi. I'm buying some PC's from Dell for my Dept. here in UL. Most are
> coming with Win*** but I thought I'd test the water & ask for a Linux
> build on one of them.
> I am being asked to pay £40 over the cost of a Widows licence.
> Am I being done? Presumably they would claim that building Linux is a
> low volume activity & that therefore they have to recover their costs.
> Obviously I could buy a bare machine but I am interested in this as an
I (also at UL) did this, and I have to admit it was fun to find a
machine running Linux (RH6.2) out of the box. Unfortunately, the
partitioning was a bit screwy -- lots of free space in /usr, little
in /home -- so I re-partitioned and re-installed anyway. It took a
little twiddling to get everything to the state before the
reinstall (e.g. edits to /etc/fstab, XF86config, etc.) but that had
more to do with my inexperience than anything else.
Of course, the burning issue is whether MS get any licence fee when
you buy the Linux-only box...
Brendan Halpin, Dept of Government and Society, Limerick University, Ireland
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