sounds a bit screwy to me...i doubt the factory install would be to ppls taste. If it was me I would ask for a bare machine and install it myself
On Wed, 29 Nov 2000, Brendan Halpin babbled:
> John Kinsella <john.kinsella at ul.ie> writes:
>> > Hi. I'm buying some PC's from Dell for my Dept. here in UL. Most are
> > coming with Win*** but I thought I'd test the water & ask for a Linux
> > build on one of them.
> > I am being asked to pay £40 over the cost of a Widows licence.
> > Am I being done? Presumably they would claim that building Linux is a
> > low volume activity & that therefore they have to recover their costs.
> > Obviously I could buy a bare machine but I am interested in this as an
> > experiment.
>> I (also at UL) did this, and I have to admit it was fun to find a
> machine running Linux (RH6.2) out of the box. Unfortunately, the
> partitioning was a bit screwy -- lots of free space in /usr, little
> in /home -- so I re-partitioned and re-installed anyway. It took a
> little twiddling to get everything to the state before the
> reinstall (e.g. edits to /etc/fstab, XF86config, etc.) but that had
> more to do with my inexperience than anything else.
>> Of course, the burning issue is whether MS get any licence fee when
> you buy the Linux-only box...
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