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How Friendly is it?

When you walk into a computer store to buy a computer or a computer part, you'll often see an "M" or "W" icon on the packaging indicating that the product supports Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows, but you won't see an "L" for Linux. We need to change this, and I'll tell you what we're doing at and how you can help. A growing list of manufacturers and retailers are actively supporting Linux because they understand that Linux has unstoppable momentum on the desktop. These are major companies like Epson who are investing in supplying Linux drivers for their entire scanner and printer lines to online retailers like (one of the first retailers to offer a choice of a Linux operating system across virtually their entire product line). We call these companies "Lfriendly" and want to encourage you to consider them first in your buying decision because this will encourage other companies to follow.

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To help make it easy to quickly find and identify "Linux friendly" companies, we've created a new web site called which will guide you to Linux-friendly choices AND help you save money since we've also included a price searching engine. is a valuable resource for anyone that wants to find out who the Linux-friendly companies are, or for anyone looking to buy a new computer or add parts to an existing computer (like a CD-RW drive or new flat panel display). You can browse a list of vendors who sell a range of computers pre-loaded with Linux and if you want to build a Linux-friendly computer, you'll find recommendations for all the essential parts.

Get prices, descriptions and user reviews will not only tell you what hardware is Linux-friendly, but will also give you individual product pages with ratings, user reviews, technical specifications, and even a list of online resellers who will sell you the product. The LFriendly product finder is powered by the new, which quickly lets you compare prices from hundreds of different vendors to ensure you're getting the best deal. Not only will it connect you with lots of different resellers, but it will even calculate tax and S&H for every one, and tell you who has the best price.

Linux support is growing daily, as more companies are realizing that Linux is an unstoppable trend on the desktop and offering their support. By spending your dollars on Lfriendly companies and products, you're helping Linux grow even faster because more companies will see the economic importance of being Lfriendly. If you'd like to see a list of which retailers, ISPs, and component vendors are Lfriendly today, then please browse and consider them in your next purchase.

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