Couple of months ago I bought a new HP laptop in the US (pavillion dv4). The sales PFY insisted this laptop could only run on Vista and an upgrade to XP was impossible.
So, I bought it anyways, repartitioned it and installed Ubuntu on the second partition. It ran after 15 minutes of installation, with most parts of the hardware properly running. The only extra thing I needed was the audio drivers, which took me another 30 minutes, mainly because my WiFi connection was slow (hotel network). Yes, even wifi ran from first boot (v8.10).
Then, I proceeded to upgrade Vista to XP, which turned out to be a bit of a headache. Apart from the basic installation taking 1 1/2 hour, it was missing some crucial drivers (the PFY could have been correct if I was a 80 year old grandma). I like it when Windows asks if it should download the drivers for the network card it detected from windowsupdate on the internet. Windows developers should read catch-22 methinks.
Anyways, HP support was not much help. They also insist this laptop is Vista only, and there are NO (useful) drivers to be found on their website.
It wasn't until I downloaded all the Vista drivers and installed them on my XP-pro edition until everything worked!!!!
Nice ploy. You rename your drivers to something-vista from something-xp, and then say XP is not supported.
Everything is running on my XP installation (sod off you PFY!!)
And no, it was not possible to get the laptop from the shop with any other OS, or without any OS to start with. I just wanted this laptop for it's specs
Did I just raise Microsoft's Vista sales by one? Yes I did. Did I want it? No! Do I use it? NO!
Vista was just plain annoying to use as a power-user. Simple things like Wireshark on PPP connections are impossible, and I have to use 3 kinds of VPN clients to connect into my customers and office, which all required some different hard-to-find Vista (64bit) version.
To me, an "upgrade" means it makes things better to work on, and easier, and better supported, and that's why Vista isn't.
I have to say the tech guys at the same shop I bought the laptop from were happy to give me an XP OEM CD ;-)
oh, and why don't I throw away Microsoft altogether? My company runs Exchange 2007. Make that work in Linux, and I'll be happy to set my full partition to it. (the VPNs are not a problem!)