Linux pre-installed vs Windows
Here's a review of a few places that sell computers with linux pre-installed. Vendors like Dell, Gateway and others. The surprise for me is that none has linux installed on low end machines. In theory you can save $300.00 not installing Windows XP on a machine. If you're are buying a $1000.00 machine this would be a significant savings. My guess is that Microsoft is pressuring these vendors by saying if you sell these machines without Windows you will have to buy Windows at the retail price instead of $50.00 or whatever they normally charge for Windows pre-installed. For the high end machine they can absorb the cost but for low end machines their hands are tied.