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Buying a cheap laptop without Windows: Is it worth it?

Jan 09, 2011, 23:19 (7 Talkback[s])

"The decision to forego Windows is the reason for the noticeably low prices of these offers. Manufacturers can save themselves the license fees that they otherwise must pay to Microsoft for each installation of Windows.

"'The low-end laptop market in particular is so hard fought that manufacturers will grab for any dollars they can save,' explains Elmar Geese, chairman of the Linux association in Berlin. In place of Windows, the laptops come either without an operating system or use a pre-installed variant of the typically no-cost alternative operating system Linux.

"For the user, that means a bit of extra work and acclimation.

"Simply installing Windows from the old computer is generally not an option. Most Windows installations are tied by license to the computer with which they were sold."

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