"There's no mistaking that buying desktop hardware for use with
Linux is more difficult than buying Windows PCs. Even if you manage
to avoid the 'Microsoft tax' and buy a system without Windows
preinstalled, you still have the additional hurdle of getting your
Linux of choice onto it.
"As I discussed last week, Dell is reluctant to back any
particular desktop Linux distribution. Instead, Windows-free PCs
ship from Dell preinstalled with a version of DOS..."