As for the "basic software" thats included, who knows what that includes. You could save hundreds by just using OpenOffice and downloading anything else you need off bit torrent
I endorse OpenOffice. Also, I believe UMN has blanket licenses for most software so you can just kinda download and use it for free as a student.
Does that still exist Gopherit?
Many universities offer their students free software. At the very least anti-virus protection. I don't like having my software pre-selected for me, especially anti-virus software.
*edit, i just noticed this on the umn laptop page:
"* Microsoft Office 2007 will be provided to you at orientation. For licensing reasons, it is not included on the basic laptop image."
Provided at orientation? Would they provide office 2007 even if a student didnt purchase a laptop? There are some exceptions to this program, i dont think transfer students have to buy a laptop. Do they get office 07?
Also, there is a note below that mentions symantec AV. Yuck.