I’m not very knowledgeable computer-wise. I can use one, but installing an operating system, ect: not so sure about that. For instance, how could you even operate a computer in order to install openSUSE if the computer did not already have an operating system? And, where do you get a computer without an operating system? And, if I bought a computer with an operating system, it seems like I would have payed a lot of money for something I don’t want. Clearly, I’m misssing something.
Hoping someone can help.
Want a new labtop computer (or is it laptop? Heck if I know). Want Linux. Want help to make it happen.
The main benefit of getting one with linux already installed, is that you will know that the hardware is compatible with linux.
From what I have seen, most places that sell a system with preinstalled linux will have installed Ubuntu. But it isn’t too hard to install a different distro.
The computer will already have a BIOS that is capable of booting an operating system. You use a CD or DVD to install. The computer boots from the operating system installed on that CD or DVD.
Installing linux is usually not hard. The difficult part is when you have a computer that comes with Windows using the entire disk, and you want to keep Windows while installing linux. It’s a lot easier if you are installing on a clean disk.
I’m pretty sure that Dell sells computer with linux pre-installed, though you might have to order over the Internet. Other vendors probably also will sell one with linux installed, again over the internet. If you have a local computer store (not one of the big chains), you might be able to get a custom built and installed system. I’m not sure if that will cost more.