Holly Shit! When did this happen? Dell has been selling desktops without the Windows for quite some time now, but I didn’t realize they will also extend this offer to laptops. It seems that they are now offering Latitude systems with a clean HD and a FreeDos CD in the box.
The low end models start at $699 which is pretty good for a laptop. Even after you add more memory, and get a better CPU you still end up with a pretty decent deal out of it. My only concern is the Wifi cards that they ship with the system. There is really no guarantee that they will work with Linux, nor do they test them for that. So you are probably better off choosing a no-wifi hardware, and then buy yourself one of those nice PCIMCIA orinoco things that have kernel level support.
Sure, you can get much better supported systems from dedicated Linux laptop vendors, but if you want something on the cheap end, Dell is always here to give you the low all quality hardware you can shake a stick at.
If this is old news, feel free to complain in the comments, but I swear, this is the first time I saw this option on their website.
[tags]dell, laptop, open source laptops, free dos, windows, windows free laptop[/tags]