Naked Computers

We have a policy at our company to only purchase computers that come without Windows. We don’t like it, we don’t need it, we don’t want it and we certainly don’t want to be forced to pay for it. This restricts the vendors we can purchase from down to a very short list. Plenty of other people are in the same position as us, it is really quite hard to find a good selection of vendors who will allow you to just buy a computer. I am not interested in the whole refund malarky, I don’t want to jump through hoops to get a refund on something I don’t want to buy in the first place.

To help the community find and purchase these scarce pure and unadulterated computers we have started a directory of suppliers at If you know of any supplier, small or large, who will sell a naked computer then let us know about it, or register on the site and add them yourself.

If you are a supplier and want to get on the list it is very simple, just add a naked computer to your range and tell us about it, there is no cost to a normal entry on the list but we might add some kind of enhanced sponsored option at some stage.


  • Jack Hughes says:

    Good idea Alan… funnuly enough I’m looking for a machine for testing out Nagios at the moment. Any recommendations, ideally it should run Ubuntu 9.

  • Alan Lord says:


    I haven’t had any reason to complain about Novatech. You can choose your OS (or none) with most of their systems. The laptops we got from them are Clevo – so a reasonable OEM and they have been reliable.

  • Guillaume says:


    Very good initiative Alan !!!

    Just for the information of your readers that would like to buy something in France, there is a similar initiative there, from the group that fights actively the linked selling of windows with any new computer:

    Unfortunately, it is not very advertised for… I hope that putting the link here will help build a web of trusted vendors arround the world 😉

    Thanks again for the initiative !

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