Originally Posted by Blue5spd
There was only a $10 difference between the 2?
The linux box was $338 here
and up until 2 days ago it was in Circuit City's system for $299, today it was out of their system(I had our local manager searching other stores to see if they still had any left).
I really wanted the Linux with the SSD(flash) hard drive because it is going to be a service laptop. The 8GB SSD Drive seems small but it is more than what as normally will use it to access the networking equipment I work with. Also, the unique thing with these is there is a second SD slot that is strictly for expansion of the main drive, so if you want to add whatever size SD it is all seen by the PC as the C Drive. The other plus to the SSD is that it is more efficient with the battery life.
Linux would have been fun to play with, but not necessary.
The XP one I bought is here
and it was only $348. I paid $339 out the door after using my sisters employee discount.
Boot time -35 seconds to the login page
1minute to be fully into XP and able to start opening programs
The Linux box smoked the XP in that area - 17 seconds from pushing power and you are up and running!!
The biggest thing from this small laptop is that I can leave the monster(XPS) at home and not worry as much about somebody stealing this. I don't plan on keeping any personal data on it, just some music/movies for trips. Any work data I need I carry on a thumb drive already.
thought I would buy a computer at wal-mart. Since I was little my dad had me putting together computers and teaching me how they operate, the mindset use to be "you can build it cheaper and just to your liking". My how times have changed!