Ah, my precious-sss!
After months and months of comparison-shopping, I finally decided to make the purchase. For a moment, I was afraid I would have to get an icky Compaq Presario 2202 because, not only did it run Linux, it was also priced at just under P40,000.
Luckily, one of my students worked for a distributor and mentioned in passing that the Thinkpad R50e Model 1834-MA4 was going for about P40,000, too! No Windows pre-installed, just DOS. Sight unseen, I asked to buy one.
No sleep for the wicked tonight, as I will be loading it up with an operating system.