...But the main point that I wanted to make was that laptops with no OS or the "free" OS aren't much different in price compared to the Windows based laptops. So in the end, "Windows" isn't really costing you much, if anything at all.
Ah. Got you. I believe though, that this is also not true. I think a compelling argument could be made that a Linux laptop is cheaper for many reasons, such as:
- No need to purchase virus checking software and yearly subscription.
- No need to spend time and degrade HD by periodically defragmenting it.
- No requirement or pressure to purchase the office suite.
- No need to upgrade laptop past the factory-installed memory in order to use standard applications.
I'm not saying that these are conclusive, but this should show that the issue isn't so black-and-white.