Quoting John Madden (maddenj at skynet.ie):
> As far as I know, Dell were forced out of supplying desktops and laptops
> with linux preinstalled by Microsoft.
I don't know about that, but I do know that the Linux preload pricing
policy on those laptops was an insult to Linux users' intelligence: You
paid significantly more for a laptop with a (not particulary good) Red
Hat preload than for the same model with an MS-Windows preload. So,
intelligent buyers bought the latter bundle, discarded MS-Windows, and
loaded the Linux distribution of their choice, post-purchase (same as
So, when Dell's preload offering -- which the company pretty much never
called attention to, and which was almost impossible to find unless you
already knew where to look -- was eventually discontinued, the
cessation struck me as meaningless, because the offer itself had been.
Cheers, A: No.
Rick Moen Q: Should I include quotations after my reply?
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