peperloader wrote:Does anyone know where I can buy a new laptop that does NOT have Windows installed on it? I do not use Windows and I do not want to pay the Microsoft tax for something I will not use.
The cheapest method for buying a computer is to get one with windows something OS already installed; since that is the how most of them are delivered (OEM products)
We might object to the idea of a built-in Microsoft beneficence, but there isn't much that can be done about it, no OEM is prepared to drop windows (a mass marketer of software, you might think of them as the Wallmart for software and some hardware types, eg keyboards, mice, web cams..etc)
Any custom or no hard drive computer, despite the illogic of this statement is likely to cost more than a computer that comes with a hard drive and the included OS (windows something, win7 these days), and of course, since you don't need windows, you also wont need the premium/deluxe or ultimate or business versions of that OS, nor pay for any upgrades
--if you did decide to take an ethical position and patronize vendors that offered Linux as the installed OS, there are a few choices
I always check Emporerlinux for specs and types of support, they have been at it for awhile, and know what they are doing; there are of course other possibly lesser rivals available, support may or may not be as good, but then you are paying the price for getting it done righthttp://www.emperorlinux.com/