Any Colour You Want…

I’m in the market for a new computer. Maybe. It depends on whether my laptop can be repaired economically.

I’ve spent the last few days shopping around, and it’s been an education.

My requirements are relatively modest, a midrange laptop, big enough to handle my everyday workload, small enough to lug around on the road.

But what’s really causing me problems is what I don’t want: Windows.

It is proving remarkably difficult to find a laptop computer which doesn’t come with a Windows operating system preinstalled.

It came as no surprise to find I couldn’t buy a full sized linux laptop in a bricks and mortar store, but I was surprised to find it was almost impossible online too.

Dell does offer a (well hidden) linux option, but with so many mandatory bells an whistles it’s uneconomic.

For the moment, it looks as if I repair my laptop, so the purchase decision will wait a while.

But when I do buy, it seems the only way to avoid paying for software I don’t want is to go to the small claims court.

Otherwise, I am forced to pay for something I will never use.

So much for the free market.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.


  1. I asked on the ILUG mailing list, to date I haven’t had any replies. And you’re right, I’ve found Lenovo models going cheaper with MS installed.

    It looks like I’ll be going the repair route after all, but when I do next buy, I will be making a pest of myself to get the MS tax refunded.

    After all, it says I can do so in the licence.

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