Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
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Make a list...
by matthekc on Mon 25th May 2009 22:22 UTC
matthekc
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2006-10-28

Make a list of all the things you will want to do with your machine. For example "word processing", "power points", "games", "Skype", "I-tunes"...
Unfortunately for a lot of people the list will narrow their OS choices away from open source. Now figure out you budget lets say you want to spend less than a thousand dollars or Euro equivalent this year. Add up your machine cost, office cost, games, music purchases etcetera.
Now you have pretty good idea of what you want to do and what it is going to cost you and that will help you decide.

Edited 2009-05-25 22:24 UTC

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