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Dell: computers with Windows [Jan. 26th, 2004|06:57 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Dell now lets you buy computers without Windows.
The n series features select popular models from the DimensionTM , OptiPlexTM and Dell PrecisionTM desktop lines sold without a Microsoft® operating system. Offered for IT professionals who want control over operating system development and installation, n series desktops are available with a copy of the FreeDOSTM open-source operating system included in the box, ready to install. Select n series systems are also available with Linux.
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DellTM DimensionTM 2400 n series1 desktops offer affordable, everyday small business computing power. Extra economical because they come without a Microsoft® operating system; a copy of FreeDOSTM open-source operating system is included in the box, ready to install.
About fucking time!

I actually called Dell a few months back when I was buying all the office computers and asked about buying raw hardware, but they kept saying no. I gave up and ended up just building 5 (now 9) desktops. Too bad they didn't do this earlier.
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From: fullerton
2004-01-26 07:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

I wonder why they wouldn't let you buy raw stuff before. I mean it seems like it'd be easier for them.

Anywho, I'm buying my next desktop from Dell.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2004-01-26 07:57 pm (UTC)
I bought a dell 400SC in december (small-server brand, because it had two huge rebates and cost almost nothing). Didn't come with any OS on it either. So they're doing desktops now? I wonder how long they were selling servers without an OS on it...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
True. Both of LJ's original two servers were Dell, with no OS.
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From: justgags
2004-01-26 08:59 pm (UTC)
About bloody time!
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[User Picture]From: jarodrussell
2004-01-26 09:47 pm (UTC)
w000! Now I know where to blow my paychecks. ;)
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[User Picture]From: avva
2004-01-27 02:18 am (UTC)
Took them what, like eight years?
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From: billemon
2004-01-28 07:04 pm (UTC)
to be fair, it's a big decision to make, because they get crap from Microsoft for it :(
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