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marsdend
October 4th, 2009, 02:35 PM
Hi guys,

Would you buy an Ubuntu Pre-Installed PC? and why?

fela
October 4th, 2009, 02:37 PM
I'd never, EVER buy a ready made PC (unless it was a laptop).

I love building my own PCs, and besides it's cheaper most of the time.

Bucky Ball
October 4th, 2009, 02:42 PM
I'm with fela, I roll my own and would build my own laptops too if I could get the parts! I voted pre-installed because I've never seen a laptop for sale without an OS but I'd prefer a laptop with no OS.

NoaHall
October 4th, 2009, 03:05 PM
I hate computers that other people have built. I'd much rather make my own, then install whatever I want, because I can.

SuperSonic4
October 4th, 2009, 03:07 PM
I'd rather build my own.

Otherwise I don't care - I'd just remove ubuntu for Slackware or Arch anyway and removing ubuntu is as easy as removing windows.

If the price was right I'd still pick an ubuntu one over windows XD

mybunche
October 4th, 2009, 04:02 PM
Unless I am extremely short of money, the cheapest option is no option for me, because I will still be giving money to Microsoft. Microsoft will become more powerful if they receive more money. I don't see that helping Linux very much.

aysiu
October 4th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Okay. Let's say laptops, then.

steveneddy
October 4th, 2009, 04:05 PM
I already have bought several laptops from System76.

It's really the only way to fly.

running_rabbit07
October 4th, 2009, 04:10 PM
When comparing System 76's laptops with other brands, I would have to buy the other brand and install Ubuntu myself. Their top of the line lappy is twice what I spent for my wife's HP and her system had higher specs.

I have also compared the top of the line System 76 desktop with Lenovo, Gateway, and Dell and all three have systems that would run circles around System 76's $1400 desktop.

In th eend, I would rather just build my own system. As far as lappies go, I don't care for them as much, so I'll just get a used one and throw Ubuntu on it.

Eisenwinter
October 4th, 2009, 04:16 PM
I'm with fela, I roll my own
Roll your own joints?

SuperSonic4
October 4th, 2009, 04:18 PM
I wouldn't buy a laptop.

When I'm out and about a pen and paper/my DS is entertainment enough. Plus there is a proliferation of portable media devices for music/video etc...

At home a desktop is easier to use and better for the price regardless of OS

running_rabbit07
October 4th, 2009, 04:20 PM
I wouldn't buy a laptop.

When I'm out and about a pen and paper/my DS is entertainment enough. Plus there is a proliferation of portable media devices for music/video etc...

At home a desktop is easier to use and better for the price regardless of OS

Megadeth fan?:guitar:

SuperSonic4
October 4th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Megadeth fan?:guitar:

Yep :guitar:

especially Holy Wars XD

dragos240
October 4th, 2009, 04:27 PM
I like the fun of installing things myself. So no.

oldsoundguy
October 4th, 2009, 04:30 PM
build my own .. starting with el cheapo cases I pick up that have been tossed. Gut them and pick up the pieces.

No laptop here .. my hands are too big to use one, but seriously looking at a touch screen netbook with the ARM processor to replace my PDA/GPS/Cell all in one fell swoop.
And there is no MAYBE about it .. it WILL have Linux on it for the sake of being rock solid!

Kapitšn Rotbart
October 4th, 2009, 04:38 PM
It's quite fun to install Ubuntu myself, it's actually a thrill to storm forums in order to get Ubuntu working on new hardware.

Not living in the USofA limits affordable options a little for buying Ubuntu-ready PC's. Dell offers some deals, but their Mini is not that competitive (the Acer Aspire One is cheaper for the same hardware, the Mini doesn't have an n-range WLAN like some of the Eee PC's, and now they only ship in 10")...Ubuntu PC vendors should get more competitive and test more hardware!

slakkie
October 4th, 2009, 04:41 PM
Voted yes. If I would need to choose between PC A with Ubuntu installed and PC B (which has similar specs as A) with Windows I would choose the Ubuntu version.

It shows shop owners that people will buy Linux PC's and then hopefully they will offer more PC's with Linux pre-installed on it.

anonymous_user
October 4th, 2009, 05:14 PM
I'd only buy a Ubuntu Pre-Installed PC if it was a laptop and only if it was price competitive (unlike System76).

aysiu
October 4th, 2009, 05:27 PM
My hope is that I never have to buy another Windows PC again in my life.

I can't promise that, because things may change. Maybe someday I'll have a job where I have to work from home, and the job requires some kind of Windows-only program (though I'd hope my employer would provide me then with a computer instead of relying on me to have a Windows computer). Maybe years from now Linux for the consumer (and not the hobbyist) as an effort will just die, and the only corporate support for Linux will be on the server side. I can't predict the future.

But I do believe in voting with your wallet.

I support locally-owned ("mom and pop") businesses. I try to buy locally grown produce when possible. I also believe open source software in the long term is better for all consumers, and so I want to support that in the main way I know how--with my purchasing power as a consumer. I'm not a programmer. So the main ways I can contribute are writing documentation and supporting vendors who support Linux.

So my last two purchases were an Asus Eee PC with Xandros preinstalled and an HP Mini with a pretty but unusable version of Ubuntu preinstalled. In both cases, I just wiped and replaced with vanilla Ubuntu.

I think we can all work together in this, though. Those of us who are willing to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains can buy Linux preinstalled options (System76, ZaReason, Dell Ubuntu, HP Ubuntu, etc.). And those of us who aren't willing to do so can at least buy a Windows PC from Dell and explain in a letter that you are buying from Dell instead of its competitors because Dell does provide Linux options (even though the limited selection they do offer doesn't suit your personal needs or budget necessarily).

Petitions and angry blog posts or forum threads do very little to effect change in an industry driven by profits and shareholder-pleasing. If you want more Linux options in the future, you have to support the Linux options that exist now.

And, yes, I am talking about laptops and netbooks, not desktops, here.

NormanFLinux
October 4th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Windows PCs can be turned into Linux only PCs. I've done it with two laptops and two netbooks.

aysiu
October 4th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Windows PCs can be turned into Linux only PCs. I've done it with two laptops and two netbooks.
That's not the point.

NormanFLinux
October 4th, 2009, 05:51 PM
My first netbook came with SUSE Linux. I didn't like it and eventually ended up with LXDE running on it.

doorknob60
October 4th, 2009, 05:56 PM
Yes, if it's a laptop or netbook. Not a desktop though, those are for building :D

NoaHall
October 4th, 2009, 06:47 PM
My first netbook came with SUSE Linux. I didn't like it and eventually ended up with LXDE running on it.

LXDE isn't a distro.

afeasfaerw23231233
October 4th, 2009, 06:48 PM
Building PC is not such a difficult job. I guess most of us here would prefer building one and install Ubuntu on it by our own selves! (no more Wintel)

afeasfaerw23231233
October 4th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Yes, if it's a laptop or netbook. Not a desktop though, those are for building :D

Have a look at this.
http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/itx-laptop/
Enjoy!
130742

starcannon
October 4th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Yes, I would; and Yes, I have. I have bought several Ubuntu machines from Dell. I have had no regrets with any of them.

macogw
October 4th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Yes I would and I have. I'm currently using a computer from ZaReason (http://zareason.com).

running_rabbit07
October 4th, 2009, 08:23 PM
Yes I would and I have. I'm currently using a computer from ZaReason (http://zareason.com).

Couldn't help to notice that their towers are mega expensive, $900 (http://www.zareason.com/shop/product.php?productid=16214&cat=249&page=1) for a tower with nothing in it?

macogw
October 4th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Couldn't help to notice that their towers are mega expensive, $900 (http://www.zareason.com/shop/product.php?productid=16214&cat=249&page=1) for a tower with nothing in it?

By "nothing" you mean:

3GiB of RAM
3 video outputs
2.66GHz quad core CPU (rated the fastest processor on the planet (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=63))
a rather nice NVidia card
250GB hard drive

:confused:

bruce2000
October 4th, 2009, 08:39 PM
I've always built my own pc's from scratch, but i saw a new desktop with ubuntu on it going for an excellent price so picked one up.. first time ive bought a ready built pc and very satisfied with it, no hassles with incompatible hardware

running_rabbit07
October 4th, 2009, 09:02 PM
By "nothing" you mean:

3GB of RAM
3 video outputs
2.66GHz quad core CPU (rated the fastest processor on the planet (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=63))
a rather nice NVidia card
250GB hard drive

:confused:

No cd drive, no wireless cards, nowhere to put my SD cards? I've seen AMD Quad cores with more than 3GHz. I have not used an Intel system yet that impressed me.

$900 can get me a very happy Dell, Gateway, or Lenovo with keyboard, monitor, CD/DVD burner, and wireless card.

ssam
October 4th, 2009, 10:01 PM
bought a desktop from DNUK (http://www.dnuk.com/) (with suse, though changed it ubuntu soon after).

recently bought a lenovo S12 from linuxemporium (http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/). amazing customer service, the first one they sent me had a hardware fault. one of their staff drove from midlands to manchester to deliver a replacement because I needed it urgently before a trip abroad, and there wasn't time to post it.

i'd pay more for machine with linux on it than windows. nice to have support that wont blame any problem on you running linux. nice to have to pay for something i don't want, better that the money goes to a small company that promotes foss software.

mikewhatever
October 4th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Yes, I would. It suck big time that none is available in Israel, so that I'd buy the closest thing to a computer with Ubuntu, that is, a computer 'sans OS'.

renkinjutsu
October 4th, 2009, 10:11 PM
nope.. i like the minimum instsall =]

Junkieman
October 4th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Only ever rolled my own PC's, but I will definitely buy a pre-installed Ubuntu machine just to support the cause :guitar:

kevin2849
October 5th, 2009, 02:52 PM
My preference is to homebuild my equipment, but financially I take what I can get. Any old hardware that I can adapt to my needs ( or friends/family ). Right now Kubuntu goes on all my computers but I will use what it takes to get the job done.

Currently my homemade desktop has Vista/karmic, and I have one laptop with the same set-up, and one that is straight kubuntu.

Specifically, if I was buying NEW, I would seriously consider a pre-installed linux, but, for me, money talks.

Eisenwinter
October 5th, 2009, 04:38 PM
nice to have to pay for something i don't want
So you feel it's nice that you have to pay for something you don't want?

Tibuda
October 5th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Yes, I have already bought one.

rs_man
October 5th, 2009, 06:58 PM
I would purchase a laptop with a pre-loaded OS, however I'd reformat it anyway as I like a fresh start and the peace of mind knowing I installed it myself. According to Dell's site (I love Apple laptops, for asthetics, but Dell offers a balance.) laptops pre-loaded with Vista are marginally cheaper than the Ubuntu loaded machines: last time I checked. I wouldn't necessarily take the cheapest option but the best deal within my budget.

I wont even touch premade desktops.

donniezazen
October 5th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Whatever saves my hard earned money @#$% Windows @#$% Apple(real hindrance to technological freedom.)

BinaryFeast
October 5th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Much rather than one with Windows preinstalled, but I'd still rather install the OS myself to keep maximum control over my system.

steveneddy
October 5th, 2009, 07:43 PM
No cd drive, no wireless cards, nowhere to put my SD cards? I've seen AMD Quad cores with more than 3GHz. I have not used an Intel system yet that impressed me.

$900 can get me a very happy Dell, Gateway, or Lenovo with keyboard, monitor, CD/DVD burner, and wireless card.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=63&limit=1&limitstart=13



+ The third fastest processor currently on the planet
+ The price is definitely right
+ Tri-channel DDR3 offers an average of 33% more memory bandwidth
+ Utilization of SMT (Hyper-Threading) greatly enhances performance
+ Increased parallelism effectively allows 8 threads to be run



The Core i7-920 is the third fastest performing production processor currently on the planet.

Intel processors use less power and consequently run cooler. If you are comparing Intel processors with AMD, Intel wins every time in my book.

Most super computers run Intel processors, why not use what they use?

Then again, one of the fastest machines on the planet runs processors from a gaming device.

running_rabbit07
October 5th, 2009, 07:52 PM
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=63&limit=1&limitstart=13

Intel processors use less power and consequently run cooler. If you are comparing Intel processors with AMD, Intel wins every time in my book.

Most super computers run Intel processors, why not use what they use?

Then again, one of the fastest machines on the planet runs processors from a gaming device.

I am standing by what I said, every Intel system I have used did not impress me. I also prefer to spend my money on a product that somes with the extras already installed. For 900 bucks, I can get a much better system. I am sure they also make you pay an arm and a leg for shipping. Fry's, Best Buy, and the local shops offer better prices and I don't have to mark up another 50 to 100 bucks for shipping and I get my product the same day.

Eldera
October 5th, 2009, 08:04 PM
I did. In fact I discovered the Ubuntu Forums through a link from the System 76 Webpage the day I ordered a laptop from them.

I would do it again, because my next computer will be a System 76 unless something really, really bad happens to the company in the next two-three years.

The customer support is worth any extra I might be paying, although some people consider S76 very competitive when comparing apples to apples. (The pros and cons are a little bit beyond my understanding of computers.) I would not have been able to make the switch to Ubuntu without the help of System 76.

The only way I could "learn Linux" was by having a "Linux computer". Pre-installed was the only way for me.

Building a computer of my own would be completely beyond my expertise, although I am glad it is an option for so many of the rest of you. As for myself, I don't do hardware.

natgab
October 19th, 2009, 11:59 PM
I did. In fact I discovered the Ubuntu Forums through a link from the System 76 Webpage the day I ordered a laptop from them.

I would do it again, because my next computer will be a System 76 unless something really, really bad happens to the company in the next two-three years.

The customer support is worth any extra I might be paying, although some people consider S76 very competitive when comparing apples to apples. (The pros and cons are a little bit beyond my understanding of computers.) I would not have been able to make the switch to Ubuntu without the help of System 76.

The only way I could "learn Linux" was by having a "Linux computer". Pre-installed was the only way for me.

Building a computer of my own would be completely beyond my expertise, although I am glad it is an option for so many of the rest of you. As for myself, I don't do hardware.

---You make a good point. Not everybody knows how or wants to build their own computer, but may in fact be interested in using Linux. It is worth supporting a Linux specialist to help ease you into Linux. And to save you from having to pay for an unused Windows License.

You can always ask at the different local dealers in your town and buy from the ones that offer Linux configurations. This will also let the local dealers know that Linux buyers matter too.

I'm currently running Debian on my iMac to ease myself into Linux untill I build my own PC box for Debian/Ubuntu. But I have my brother, who is an IT tech, to build it for me. :P (I guess that's kinda cheating)

beastrace91
October 20th, 2009, 12:09 AM
I'm at a point right now where I am only using laptops. As such I have also reached the point where I search out the ones that come with either some form on Linux preinstalled (my EEE PC) or a blank hard disc (my Sager)

~Jeff

afroman10496
October 20th, 2009, 12:12 AM
No, only because I like installing it myself and I like clean installs. Besides, it isn't even that easy to install yourself anyway.:)

kpholmes
October 20th, 2009, 12:34 AM
When comparing System 76's laptops with other brands, I would have to buy the other brand and install Ubuntu myself. Their top of the line lappy is twice what I spent for my wife's HP and her system had higher specs.

I have also compared the top of the line System 76 desktop with Lenovo, Gateway, and Dell and all three have systems that would run circles around System 76's $1400 desktop.

In th eend, I would rather just build my own system. As far as lappies go, I don't care for them as much, so I'll just get a used one and throw Ubuntu on it.

ya system 76 computers are nice, but kind of pricey. i would definitely just build my own. no need to pay someone to do it for me when i can do it myself for cheaper, and did i mention its fun!

ZankerH
October 20th, 2009, 12:40 AM
No, I would never buy from a vendor arrogant enough to think he knows what I want better than I do. For me putting together a new PC and running hardware tests off a live distro for a few hours is a kind of a ritual, it just doesn't feel as "mine" if I didn't see it grow from a room floor full of screws, cables, PC hardware and case components to a unified whole that performs.

(laptops are an unfortunate exception to that rule, although luckily enough, there's still vendors who at least sell them without anything preinstalled. Which isn't the case with netbooks :( )

aysiu
October 20th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Wow. So you all build your own laptops? I can't even build my own desktop. I buy preinstalled.

trixman
October 20th, 2009, 02:53 AM
Hi guys,

Would you buy an Ubuntu Pre-Installed PC? and why?

yes i would purchase a ubutnu pc

jwbrase
October 20th, 2009, 03:09 AM
I would and have bought an Ubuntu PC. I chose System 76 because they had the machine that most closely matched what I was looking for, among the distributors that I could find that carried Linux machines. It was a bit pricey, but not more than what I was willing to pay, and it's always good to give new companies a bit of slack regarding prices: They're fighting an uphill battle against companies that are already entrenched in the market and can make use of better economies of scale.

And while there are a few annoyances because of things I would have configured differently (having one partition instead of two for / and /home, for example) had I made my own install, in general, this machine has been a lot less hassle than when I installed Ubuntu as a dual boot system on our XP desktop back home.

dj-toonz
October 21st, 2009, 04:25 AM
If i could buy a system ready with like the same system specs as the desktop I've built with Ubuntu pre-installed then yes I would, but intill that happens I'm happy building my own & installing it on after

edin9
October 21st, 2009, 05:03 AM
I want to get a netbook. If it came with UNR then I would say no, I hate the interface.

dj-toonz
October 21st, 2009, 05:07 AM
I want to get a netbook. If it came with UNR then I would say no, I hate the interface.

You don't have to stick with the Interface you know, theres 2 modes of interface with UNR (classic display & the UNR display)

edin9
October 21st, 2009, 05:09 AM
You don't have to stick with the Interface you know, theres 2 modes of interface with UNR (classic display & the UNR display)

I know, but the classic interface on a screen that small is just annoying to me. I would rather use Moblin.

martrn
October 21st, 2009, 05:11 AM
I purchased a laptop with windowze installed, and then removed it as instructed. I would prefer to purchase a laptop with no OS on it, but seems impossiable.

At the right price i would purchase a computer with Ubuntu Pre-Installed.

JoshuaRL
October 21st, 2009, 05:24 AM
I voted yes, because I am the one to purchase computers for my mom. The next one might just be a pre-installed Ubuntu. She really goes for service and support, even though I am usually available for whatever she needs.


nope.. i like the minimum instsall =]

I agree. I am using my first minimal install, with kde-core and kdebase. I love KDE, but (as much as I love and respect the maintainers) Kubuntu has just been too glitchy and bloated for me. Installing this way is better for advanced users, as you can pick the packages you want and boot into a fully updated system via aptitude. Nothing beats it. And boy, KDE is sexy.


I know, but the classic interface on a screen that small is just annoying to me. I would rather use Moblin.

Even Intel says Moblin isn't ready for normal users. That's why UNR is what gets put on Dell netbooks. Dell just released a Ubuntu/Moblin netbook for all to play with. Checkit. (http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/moblin-2-arriving-via-dell-with-moblin-ubuntu-remix-netbook.ars) But even it isn't stable enough. Not quite bleeding-edge, but definitely cutting.

soni1770
October 28th, 2009, 04:27 PM
i did, it rocks

jim-fwb
October 28th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Yes. I've been looking at Dell's offerings. They seem to be somewhat behind the curve compared to what's offered for Windows boxes. Although Linux-friendly, HP just flat doesn't bother to make Linux PC's. Don't want to send any more tribute to Redmond, though, so although I'd rather not build my own, that might be an option worth looking into.

drawkcab
October 28th, 2009, 05:57 PM
1. You can build laptops. You can buy cutting-edge whitebooks/barebones chassis from companies like MSI ASUS and Compal and then add drives and such.

2. You can order a custom laptop from companies like powernotebooks and xtoic built to your specifications, where one of the possible specs is no operating system.

3. Both of the above options are often cheaper than buying from system 76 or one of the big manufacturers. Powernotebooks even throws in a free 3-yr warranty on their rebranded Compals and MSIs.

cascade9
October 28th, 2009, 06:51 PM
By "nothing" you mean:

3GiB of RAM
3 video outputs
2.66GHz quad core CPU (rated the fastest processor on the planet (http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=63))
a rather nice NVidia card
250GB hard drive

:confused:

Make that '3rd fastest' at best, and thats single CPU only. I wouldnt be suprised if the latest quad-core Xeons had an edge on at least the slower i7s as well, but its hard to compare. You count a bottom the line 8400GS as 'rather nice'? Fine card, but nothing to write home about, but you might have a different point of view to me ;)


Intel processors use less power and consequently run cooler. If you are comparing Intel processors with AMD, Intel wins every time in my book.

Most super computers run Intel processors, why not use what they use?

Then again, one of the fastest machines on the planet runs processors from a gaming device.

Currently, Intel is cooler and faster, but that hasnt always been the case. Those p4s ate power like nothing else. Yes, 'most' super computers run intel, but of the fastest 10 this is the breakdown-

10- JUROPA- Intel Xeons
9- Dawn (Blue Gene /P)- Power PCs
8- Ranger- AMD Opterons
7- Blue Gene /P- Power PCs
6- Kraken (Cray XT5)- AMD Opterons
5- Blue Gene /L- Power PCs
4- Pleiades- Intel Xeons
3- Jugene (IBM Blue Gene /P)- Power PCs
2- Jaguar- (Cray XT5)- AMD Opterons
1- Roadrunner- IBM Power Xcell/AMD Opterons

http://www.top500.org/

I dont see any Intel dominance there.


I'd never, EVER buy a ready made PC (unless it was a laptop).

I love building my own PCs, and besides it's cheaper most of the time.

+1, same here. Besides, that way I dont have to deal with windows I dont want, and can setup whatever linux (or BSD) I do want, however I choose.

martrn
October 28th, 2009, 06:55 PM
1. You can build laptops. You can buy cutting-edge whitebooks/barebones chassis from companies like MSI ASUS and Compal and then add drives and such. 2. You can order a custom laptop from companies like powernotebooks and xtoic built to your specifications, where one of the possible specs is no operating system. 3. Both of the above options are often cheaper than buying from system 76 or one of the big manufacturers. Powernotebooks even throws in a free 3-yr warranty on their rebranded Compals and MSIs.

Can you elaborate ?

Listens very interested in what you are saying.

whitefort
October 28th, 2009, 06:58 PM
I've previously bought 2 Ubuntu-installed laptops. Even though I end up reinstalling the new version within a month or two, it's nice to think I haven't been paying Microsoft for an OS I don't want.

praveenthivari
October 28th, 2009, 08:10 PM
I would certainly give a thought to it. Only thing which keeps me from saying confidently that i would certainly purchase that kind of PC is the out-of box functionality for media.

martrn
October 28th, 2009, 08:12 PM
You can buy cutting-edge whitebooks /barebones chassis from companies like [.......] add drives and such.

[....]

??

Url = ??????

Zoot7
October 28th, 2009, 08:15 PM
I'd most certainly buy a pre-installed Ubuntu laptop, although truth be told I'd nearly rather get it with no OS, because I'd more than likely wipe the pre-installed version and re-install Ubuntu myself exactly as I'd like.
It saddens me that I've no option to buy one at the moment where I live, it really pisses me off having to pay for a garbage product I neither want nor will use - Windows. :(

As regards a desktop, I'll never buy one again. I've been building desktops for 3 years now, a pre-built PC is too boring for me, and they're often more expensive than building one yourself.

drawkcab
October 29th, 2009, 01:20 AM
Can you elaborate ?

Listens very interested in what you are saying.

http://www.powernotebooks.com/
http://www.xoticpc.com/

zipzoomfly.com used to sell barebones/whitebooks but I couldn't find any...maybe check ebay?

Squonk07
October 29th, 2009, 02:10 AM
It occurs to me that, given the hardware is equal, a computer with Ubuntu installed will always be cheaper than the equivalent Windows version (unless they install levels of crapware which the civilized world has yet to see).

I'm assuming a perfect world, where the selection is equal--I know we don't live in that world (yet), but a guy can dream, eh? If I were in the market, I would always buy the Ubuntu computer, then (if I really needed it) just pick up Windows 7 for the student discount price ($29.99). I'd make out like a bandit and end up with a crapware-free, dual-booting machine that still costs less than the Windows version.

Life is good.

Nomad68
November 3rd, 2009, 07:40 AM
I'd love to build my own but I am not sure what to do. I think I"d need a list with what all parts would go together the best.

But yes I would buy one if the deal was decent enough.

Junkieman
November 3rd, 2009, 11:29 AM
I wish I could walk into a shop and browse pre-installed Ubuntu PC's, Africa's waaaay behind on that wagon (http://mybroadband.co.za/blogs/2009/10/21/ubuntu-linux-addresses-most-critical-bug-in-it/) :?

There's a few companies who do offer such PC's, but it's far from being mainstream.

plurworldinc
November 3rd, 2009, 05:30 PM
I would be more then happy to be buy my next laptop pre-loaded with Ubuntu on it. My main reason for doing so would be to support the Linux community with hard evidence of the PC market share.

I hate the fact that when I am at my local tech store I have to by a computer pre-loaded with Windows and puts money into the pocket of Microsoft when I am just going to install Ubuntu the moment I get home.

johnboy1313
November 3rd, 2009, 06:27 PM
i agree with the prior statements, i would only buy a a ready made pc as a laptop, any other i would build myself

JlyGrnMigt
November 15th, 2009, 05:30 PM
I would, I convinced my husband to (though I now regret that a bit...he's just not into it, so it's now a dual-boot with a Linux half that never gets used), and am about to hop on the netbook bandwagon.

I've been leaning toward Dell just for simplicity and the ability to customize a bit, but I was just introduced to zareason today. I may end up going with them.

Hetor
November 15th, 2009, 05:33 PM
No, I like installing things.

sdlynx
November 15th, 2009, 07:30 PM
I would go for the cheapest option. If a company is offering a computer w/ preinstalled Ubuntu for the same price as preinstalled Windows, I would pick Windows, because I can easily wipe that partition and keep the product key and just install linux, so basically I'm getting more for my money.

Nomad68
November 15th, 2009, 10:58 PM
I would, I convinced my husband to (though I now regret that a bit...he's just not into it, so it's now a dual-boot with a Linux half that never gets used), and am about to hop on the netbook bandwagon.

I've been leaning toward Dell just for simplicity and the ability to customize a bit, but I was just introduced to zareason today. I may end up going with them.

Being that I would be new to Linux I'd probably go for duel boot but for a laptop I think I'd go with my Windows 7. I really want to try it on my current or another desktop for sure, preinstalled or not.

misfitpierce
November 15th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Brothers girlfriend which I got into ubuntu and she likes more than mac and windows now and thinks its nice and easy, she bought a pre-installed dell and everything works fine on it for her and she loves it. So yeah I wouldn't mind getting a pre-installed one.

fromthehill
November 15th, 2009, 11:10 PM
I build my computers myself, so I buy components that are compatible with ubuntu.

if laptops came preinstalled with ubuntu I would buy them. just to be absolutely sure Everything works out of the box (I don't have much time to sort out driver problems)

The Funkbomb
November 15th, 2009, 11:24 PM
I doubt it. I'd much rather see companies offering no OS computers.

Muppeteer
November 15th, 2009, 11:27 PM
I wouldn't buy any PC with any OS pre-installed, for me it would take the fun out of it. But i can see why the majority of users would like that. Personally, i enjoy setting up a fresh install :D