(What’s the difference between a laptop and a notebook?)
OK, my old laptop (the one with a first-generation Pentium that shipped with Windows 95, and I installed RH 7.2 on) has died. It’s been dead a while now, but I think I’ll be able to justify buying myself a new one for Christmas (or thereabouts). I do not want to pay the `Microsoft Tax’ on any new hardware I buy, which is why I intend to build my next desktop machine out of (mostly-new) components.
I’ve learned that building a laptop is mostly a fool’s errand. Trying to fit together (or even find) all of those proprietary parts is beyond the grasp of anyone who can’t buy from the factories directly. (I’m willing to be convinced otherwise.) So my quest becomes, who’s selling prebuilt laptops that aren’t encumbered with an OS?
(Am I willing to buy a laptop with Linux or a BSD on it? Yeah, sure. I might install over it just the same, but at least I won’t be enriching Microsoft’s coffers.)