I’d like a PC, hold the Windows please

This is a great article.  When I saw Dell was offering a PC without Windows I went to the web site to find out how much money a person could actually save by purchasing a PC without Windows.  There was so much obsfucation I gave up.  Follow the link.  It is actually more expensive to buy a Dell PC without Windows than a PC with Windows.  You also won't get any support from Dell for the OS and drivers you'll have to install to make the thing usable.  Great deal [:D]

Comments (6)
  1. Ron says:

    Thats because Dell doesn’t want you to buy the open source pc.


  2. This is really ridiculous for Dell… 🙂

  3. Julie Lerman says:

    I did this last summer (2004). What a pain it was to set up the computer. One of the real downsides was that I had to hunt down drivers for the various components in the box. The money saved was nothing compared to the time lost.

  4. Gabe says:

    I order machines from Dell without Windows all the time. By default a server doesn’t come with an OS unless you specify one.

    This is a different story from desktop PCs, though, because Dell gets kickbacks for preinstalling software. Windows-free machines don’t generate kickbacks to Dell, so they cost more.

  5. Norman Diamond says:

    Last I saw, Dell even only offered that much to residents of one country. Other customers, including MSDN subscribers who intend to experiment with some of the OSes included in our MSDN subscriptions, have to pay for yet another unwanted copy of Windows XP Home. If we click No on the licence imposition for the unwanted copy of Windows XP Home, then reneging on a refund comes even faster than reneging on a fake warranty. And Microsoft still pretends that our purchases of OEM copies are our choice.

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