no it does not the ubuntu is operating system and operating system is data and data is up to you.
if something goes wrong with the data on your computer they have right to not to help you
because off the data on your computer is up to you
from my experience they will not help you up if something goes wrong with your computer as long as there is operating system that they do not support such as ubuntu
but the warranty will remain until the expiration date
There is a possibility if you had to return it and it didn’t have the original OS installed (which I am assuming is Windows) you may have a problem with the warranty. However it is possible to install Ubuntu inside Windows
You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.
Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.
Boot in to windows insert the Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where the Wubi installer comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Ubuntu (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it.
Once Ubuntu is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Ubuntu
Read your warranty information, but despite the last two posts which aren’t that accurate:
No, installing Linux on your laptop won’t void any warranties, on HP computers or any other brand. They do generally make a policy of making sure you at least have Windows on the system before sending it in, however, likely so that they can assure its a hardware problem they are fixing.
It also makes tech support a little harder if they aren’t one of those rare tech support groups that can handle your requests regardless of what software you’re using at the time. Generally speaking though if you wipe Windows off the disk completely and call tech support you’re likely to be SOL getting support from them. FORTUNATELY they’re only ONE way to get help on PC problems, and making a warranty claim very rarely requires you to restore the system to a factory state.
Be VERY careful when talking to someone acting in a tech support capacity if you use Linux instead of Windows. Tech support’s primary job is to help you clear up your problems but their other job is to also protect their employers interests which will typically involve lying about what will happen to you beause you use Linux. ALWAYS look at your warranty information before talking to tech support so you can call them on this if they try to pull that. They will also sometimes lie about the capabilities of your system to dual-boot.
I have read and heard stories about computer companies doing that in the past. Voiding warranties, and causing issues for tech savvy consumers/customers for installing Linux/Unix/FreeBSD on their systems. But that was a few years ago. I believe all that has been straightened out by now.
But yes, good luck getting any kind of tech support, inless you can get to T2 or above on the phone.