Yes, you can still buy a new PC with Windows XP installed on it. Windows XP ceased to be available at retail on June 30, 2008 but there are a number of exceptions. The relevant exception for a consumer or a small business owner is that "OEMs can downgrade Vista Business or Vista Ultimate licenses to Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC versions for customers indefinitely," where OEMs are the large PC manufacturers.
However, there’s a difference between "can" and "will" or "will with no hassle" so Christopher Null at PC World tried to purchase a PC with XP from Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba, Acer, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Asus and reports on the very mixed results. Hit the article for the full details on each, but the best bets for an machine with XP preinstalled are:
Consumer PC: Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo
Business PC: HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo
If you are willing to pay extra or install XP from a CD, the choices are even more numerous. Also Asus has its line of Eee ultra low-cost PCs (ULPC) which come with XP under a different exemption in the rules.
TigerDirect.com is doing something slightly different this year – its 72 hour post Thanksgiving sale is called Pink Friday to support breast cancer research. Some of the deals:
Lenovo laptop – Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz notebook with 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 14.1″ WXGA display and Vista Home Premium reduced $350 to $599.99.
I-Inc LCD monitor – I-Inc 19″ LCD DVI monitor, SXGA 1280×1024 resolution, 8ms response. Reduced $40 to $119.99.
Matsunich digital picture frame – Matsunich 8″ Wide Screen Digital Picture Frame reduced $10 to $99.99.
LCD HDTV – $200 off Sharp Aqous 180p LCD HDTVs in 42, 46, and 52-inch sizes which are now respectively $1299.99, $1399.99, and $1999.99.
Lenovo which bought IBM’s personal computer business, announced today that they would be offering Novell’s SUSE Linux distribution on selected models including the T Series (directed at business users) of the famous ThinkPad laptop product line starting in 4Q2007. Does this finally herald the arrival of the Linux PC for everyday users?