[TriLUG] New Vista laptop needs Linux
slitt at troubleshooters.com
Tue Dec 16 11:59:33 EST 2008
When I bought a laptop from Costco 2 years ago, I checked both with the
salesman and with customer service. My question:
I need to wipe out Windows and install Linux on this computer. If the computer
fails to run Linux, it's of no use to me. Can I get a refund on it in that
Both the salesman and customer service said "Yes. Keep your receipt, and
return it any time within (as I remember) 60 days for a full refund."
Now you know why I buy my laptops at Costco.
By the way, most of the time I've been able to sneakily boot live distros on
display laptops at Costco.
On Tuesday 16 December 2008 10:04:51 am Michael Kimsal wrote:
> And *that* underscores the point that there's very few stores that will let
> you do that. I've been kicked out of both bestbuy and circuit city for
> trying that. TigerDirect seemed to turn a blind eye, but even when I
> booted something up, I couldn't tell if the wireless worked or not
> (ultimately it did, but ubuntu's wireless UI sucks, so it took way longer
> to determine that than it should have).
> So, I guess only buy from stores that let you "install" something on a
> floor model during working hours. Perhaps a list of stores that would
> allow that would be good to put together. My guess it that it would be
> pretty small
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 9:22 AM, Alan Porter <porter at trilug.org> wrote:
> > > I really appreciate all the input on the live cd issues.
> > I'm glad you got your new lappie working, JC.
> > This would be a good time to underscore the utility of taking
> > a live CD to the store with you. Klaus Knopper claims that was
> > the main motivator for Knoppix. And it makes good sense. Test
> > drive that box before bringing it home. This is especially
> > true for the traditionally troublesome areas of video and wifi.
> > Alan
> > .
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