christopher barry on 3 Mar 2017 09:23:13 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Laptop recommendations

On Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:15:22 -0500
Greg Helledy <> wrote:

> On 3/3/2017 5:42 AM, wrote:
> > For laptops I typically go to Costco, with their 90 day "anything
> > goes" warranty, bring it home, squeeze the hard disk, install Linux
> > on the remainder, and bang, I'm good to go. Or else I return it and
> > say "it didn't work out. The reason I keep the windows is you can't
> > get warranty service without the windows-centric diagnostic tests
> > they put you through. The second the warranty period is over, you
> > can just use the entire disk for Linux.  
> What you're paying for with System76 et al. is that you're guaranteed 
> everything on the computer works with linux AND you can get warranty 
> service under linux.
> If you buy the Windows computer, there are two good ways to deal with 
> it.  Steve's way is to shrink the Windows partition as much as
> possible, until the warranty expires and you can blow it away.  What
> I did was buy the computer with the smallest drive offered, then buy
> the drive I really wanted from a different vendor, swap them out, and
> install linux on the big drive.  When the warranty expires, I'll sell
> the drive it was shipped with, which still has a clean Win 10 install
> on it.

One issue that may arise when trying to sell W10 on the disk is it may
not work on a machine from another vendor.

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