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Re: OT: Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption



On Monday 13 Feb 2006 19:39, Temlakos wrote:
>
>
> And if you /don't want/ MS Windows, you're still stuck with paying for
> it.

Not necessarily. Look at this page:-

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/nbsextra.html?NNB-360

> pre-installed OS. MS got wise to that and amended their EULA so that
> such returns were essentially at the discretion of the vendor--and then
> the vendors refused to honor returns of the OS. And these days, Dell
> ships computers /without/ any MS installation disks, so that there's
> nothing physical to return! (That, and you couldn't load Windows on a
> second machine even if in some fit of multimedia mania you wanted to.)
>
> Result: Microsoft sells license after license for its OS, that many
> people will never use. No updates, either. Now where do I, as an
> organizer of corporations and LLC's, go to set up a business model
> whereby I might actually induce people to pay for /nothing at all/?
>
> The only cure for this is going to be for someone to make widely
> available the names of the original manufacturers of laptop computers
> that get a Dell or HP label slapped on them, so that we Linux users can
> go /directly to them/ to buy our machines, and /not a penny/ (or a
> centime, or a pfennig, or a drachma, or a kopeck, or a yen, or whatever)
> will go to Microsoft for software and updates that we will not use.
>
> Temlakos

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