Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 21:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just - just hold on a second. This is big: NVIDIA, maker of graphics accelerator chips, has just announced, during its keynote at CES, that it is developing a high-performance ARM-based processor together with ARM, targeted squarely at the desktop, server, and even high-performance computing markets. That Windows on ARM thing? NVIDIA referenced it multiple times! Update: Boom, and we have a press release. "NVIDIA announced today that it plans to build high-performance ARM based CPU cores, designed to support future products ranging from personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers. Known under the internal codename 'Project Denver', this initiative features an NVIDIA CPU running the ARM instruction set, which will be fully integrated on the same chip as the NVIDIA GPU."
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RE[6]: Two points:
by BeamishBoy on Thu 6th Jan 2011 05:01 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Two points:"
BeamishBoy
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2010-10-27

I haven't bought a machine from one of the major manufacturers in quite a while so I can't comment too much on how they do things. That said, if you want to purchase, say, a Dell without Windows in the UK you can do so by getting a quote from a Dell representative on their LiveChat system. In addition, when we buy new machines at work we always have the option of purchasing without an OS pre-installed.

Personally, I tend to go to places such as overclockers.co.uk whenever I want a new system and they give customers the option of buying without any OS; there are many, many other places like this, including loads in the US.

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RE[7]: Two points:
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 05:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Two points:"
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2006-12-05

When my mom was buying this machine from Dell years ago over the phone (which she later gave to me), I told her to ask about Ubuntu--which was somewhat "new" for Dell at the time. Ironically and not really surprisingly, they talked like they didn't know what the hell she was talking about. The only alternative they gave aside from the crap known as Vista was a whopping 200-300 bucks to get XP instead (insanity!).

Unfortunately--the cheapest route, Vista, was chosen. And this was around 2007, 2008. I honestly have a feeling they knew, but did not want to help as it is their job to please Microsoft and sell Windows on as many systems as possible. I'm pretty sure we even asked if we could get a system with *no* OS, and they said no. We didn't have much luck back then, and the machine has not been running Vista since it was given to me (Debian Testing right now).

I haven't dealt with Gateway since 2001, but it seems even harder to find non-Windows machines (or even information) than Dell on their site. That is quite an accomplishment, given how much of a PITA Dell makes it. And I haven't dealt with any other OEMs, personally.

Edited 2011-01-06 05:30 UTC

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