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NewsForge: Wanna buy a Linux desktop PC? Better try an independent OEM

Dec 10, 2001, 20:55 (16 Talkback[s])
"If you've recently tried buying a desktop PC with a non-Windows operating system, such as Linux, pre-installed as the sole boot OS or as a boot option (along with Windows XP, Windows 2K, etc.), you know it's gotten harder -- if you want to buy from one of the larger vendors or retailers.

...Fortunately, you still can get your choice of pre-installed bootable non-Microsoft OSes, with or without a version of Windows, by going to an independent computer OEM (a company that's building its house-brand systems from motherboard, CPU, case, power supply, etc., installing software and making sure everything works -- something you could do at home, given patience and a few tools, which many do.)

Or you could go to PCs For Everyone , an independent computer OEM in Cambridge, Mass., conveniently near MIT and many high-tech companies. PCs For Everyone has been offering Linux -- currently, the Red Hat and SuSE distributions -- as a sole or multi-boot option on its desktop and server systems for several years. ASA Computers Inc., also offers a choice of BSD or Solaris, even for low-end desktop systems, according to the sales rep I talked with -- although the "configurator" on ASA Computers' Web site doesn't reflect this. If you want a Linux-only system, you also can go to Penguin Computing, which only sells systems running Red Hat Linux -- no Microsoft OSes offered."

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