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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:53 pm    Post subject: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system

Excellent news for Linux users & others who want a new PC without Windows pre-installed:

Dimension n-Series Desktop
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Are you looking for a desktop on which you can run Linux® or other open-source operating systems? Look no further!

Dell's new open-source n Series desktop solution provides customers with a DimensionTM E520, E521 or C521 desktop without an installed or included Microsoft® operating system. With the n Series desktop, customers have the flexibility to install an alternative operating system (such as a version of Linux® ), and help reduce the price of this system. In addition, the n Series desktop comes with a non-formatted hard drive ready for your custom installation. Dell's n Series desktop ships with a copy of FreeDosTM , an open-source operating system that is ready to install.

Note: Dell does not support non-Dell installed operating systems.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Does it also come with a floppy drive installed?
And, does it come with disks of drivers for all their
proprietary hardware, to operate on different platforms?

A PC without hardware drivers would be like a car with NO engine or transmission.

I think I'd just as soon have the PC set up with some OS with all drivers installed. I could always set it up to dual boot into some other OS.

Just my personal thought on the subject.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system [Login to view extended thread Info.]

All,

The machines come with a floppy drive, which can be upgraded to a 13 in 1 media card reader and floppy drive combo for a few bucks more. ($20)

And all Dell machines can be configured with bigger HD's, bigger Monitor, more memory, etc... all for a few extra dollars added to the price...some of those upgrades are a good deal, others...well, you should look around...

Most importantly, all the software drivers and utilities are downloadable from the web site, with the Name/Model# or a unique System ID, assigned by Dell when they build your machine to order. Hopefully, these would all come on CD's with the system!

So, Shadow, maybe this might be a good buy for someone who really wants to get their hands wet!!! Very Happy Up to their elbows wet!!! Laughing

I'm like you, I'd like a OS, any OS installed and running the machine effectively, and then add the LINUX partition and multi-boot functionality to it. That way, if something goes wrong, you still have a way back into the machine without starting over from scratch. Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:02 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Thanks for the info.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system [Login to view extended thread Info.]

The biggest problem I have with this entire thread is just one word....

DELL!

That makes the machine questionable, at any price.

Me Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:41 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

When i thought about a new system i thought about building my own.
I costed it out.
i costed out what it would be for a "similar" Dell.

Not much difference really.... so you'd think i'd build my own......

well no

'cos i've still to buy an operating system

and Windows ain't cheap

so i bought a Dell.

Now why anyone would buy an OEM ( dell or otherwise) without an operating system is a mystery to me , but I'd love to hear any pro's and cons from folks better clued up than me
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Some of us use free operating systems (Linux etc). So a "naked" PC without the baggage of Windows pre-installed is a desirable option.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:26 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Yup, that's the answer.....

When you can get something (or already have something) for FREE, why would you want to pay for it.

I've built all my own PC's since my XT Clone, circa 1983.
I've never, nor would I ever, buy an off the shelf PC with some bogus OS already loaded, along with bloatware, demos, trials and Spyware.
That's what you get when you buy a DELL , off the shelf with an OS already installed. SO, no OS at all would be a great improvement.....for me anyway.
But their hardware is crappy and their cases offer almost NO cooling air for the hard drives. So, all in all, Dell is a bad choice.

Buyer beware!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hello,

Any idea what the cost-savings is versus purchasing the same computer with an operating system pre-installed?

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Aryeh Goretsky
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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Dell now selling PCs without an operating system [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hmmm. Interesting. I looked at what came with the most expensive PC (E520) with no operating system & then compared it with an identical one containing Vista Home Basic.

The results were:

Vista Home Basic = $959, No OS = $909 (saving $50)

Special Offer prices:

Vista Home Basic = $809, No OS = $789 (saving $20)

I would have expected it to be a fair bit more.
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