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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Let hardware retailers know that you don’t want to pay for Windows!

Places like are now accepting user comments to the company as well as reviews for other users. The Linux community has been notoriously good about adding notes about Linux compatibility to product reviews. That is getting a lot of attention. But the problem is that before the general Linux user can (or at least should) post Linux related comment, they should have some experience with the hardware.

This is the cool thing about's suggestion box: You can make comments directly to the company without having to have experience. I just posted the following comment about the ThinkPad R60 Intel Celeron M 420 1.6GHz:
This would be a great Linux machine if it could be purchased without Windows. There is no reason for a Linux user to spend money on a Microsoft OS. That money could buy extra RAM!

I have a ThinkPad T60 which is very similar to this machine, but has a Core Duo processor. The important thing is that it has ALL INTEL hardware, which means full hardware compatibility and Beryl with no proprietary video drivers.