incrediBILL - 5:55 pm on Mar 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Remember that you are buying computer hardware and not necessarily the operating system that came with it
Actually that's no the case at all because it says with on the box Windows 8 which is what you're buying just like when you get an Apple you're buying OSX.
It's an appliance and like I said before if the number of nerds reloading the machine with an OS had enough clout, and weren't hiding behind voiding the warranty on a Windows appliance, then you might find some vendor selling Linux boxes in those electronics supermarkets but instead people would rather complain to the DOJ instead of putting their money where their mouth is an putting up a site to find out help establish the size of the potential customer base.
Desktop schmesktop, it's an appliance for %99.9999 of the population that need a pug and play device, just like the tablet and the phone. Sure I can install software on both, I can install apps on my TV too, but I don't buy something with X and expect it to work with Y and then pitch fits when it doesn't.
What we're talking about here is the same as gear heads that buy a car and replace the engine except MS trying to defeat some vulnerability issues has figured out a way to stop you from removing the engine.
Like I said before, I understand your plight but don't mess with what works for the rest of the world and make your financial buying power known to hardware vendors instead of throwing temper tantrums to elected officials. Sheesh.
You can buy machines preloaded with Linux, here's a small list of vendors like SaReason:
Dell sells pre-loaded with Linux:
HP claims to have Linux for their desktops:
Vote with your wallet.
Yeah yeah, I know, those aren't the cheapo computers in the big box store well sometimes you can't always get what you want according to the Rolling Stones.