Ok, so because the old notebook is starting to fall apart (it is probably around 5 years old or so) I need a new one.
Now to the tough part: the last MS product I bought was Win95, now I'm running 100% Linux since around 1997 on all my private computers, so does my girl friend. Oh, that's not true, from time to time I also install FreeBSD somewhere, but that's not the point. Add to that that I spend basically all of my spare time working on free software, so that people can create, share and access their data, information and communication freely without having to pay a company to let them do that.
Now, how much do I think I want to buy MS Windows today and add one more sample to the number of sold MS systems, even if it just comes bundled with a notebook and probably doesn't add much more than 20 to 50 Euro to the price ?
Now comes the problem: does anybody in Germany sell such a notebook ?
Lenovo Thinkpads come with Windows and I didn't find an option where I could get one without it.
Dell Germany has a 15 inch notebook which it ships with Linux, so this comes already quite close. It is not 14 inch, it starts at a quite low price but also with less powerful hardware and if I upgrade it to the level of of the entry Windows notebook it is more expensive than this one. Choosing a different notebook and asking for Ubuntu instead of Windows is not possible (yes, I called the order hotline and asked several times).
Dell USA actually has what I'd like to have, 14" non-glossy fully Intel with colors to choose (an Inspiron). But they don't ship to Germany :-/
So, can anybody give me some hints where to get such a notebook ?