It's becoming more widely reported that in order to run Windows Vista at a decent pace on a laptop or desktop computer, you'll need to do a major upgrade of hardware. That means more memory,more graphics memory, etc. And that means a higher cost for that new computer. If you're purchasing a new laptop or desktop, and opt to get something from the bargain bin, you're going to find that Vista really under performs. With the minimum system requirements these cheaper laptops are configured with, Vista does not deliver. Vista drags. It drags on your system's resources and drags on your computing experience.
And Vista isn't cheap,either. You're paying a hefty price for what Microsoft regards as cutting edge technology. In fact, Vista is more of a drain on system resources.
But, consider a laptop or desktop running Linux. With Linux, there's no large demand on system resources. Linux runs just fine with 512 megs of RAM. Most new laptops come with 1 gig of RAM. Linux will run at a very nice clip with that much memory AND give you a 3D desktop (Compiz). For Vista to run it's 3D Aero desktop, you're going to need 2 gigs of RAM for sure. And that means spending more for the laptop in hardware costs and the added cost of Vista.
So, you can get that great priced laptop for under $1000.00. To make it run well, simply get Linux on it!
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.