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Re: Dell's w/o OS - where?



On Sat, 2007-02-03 at 21:34 -0500, R. G. Newbury wrote:
> Subject: Re: Dell's w/o OS - where?
> To: "For users of Fedora" <fedora-list redhat com>
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> "They do not list them on the "Home/Home Office" part of their website, 
> but if you go to the "Small Buisness" choice you can then choose under
> desktops or laptops either "Open Source Desktops" or "Open Source 
> Laptops"  they apparently come loaded with FreeDOS (for free, I think so 
> they can boot and test them)"
> 
> During testimony in the Microsoft anti-trust trial, it was explained 
> that Dell had a locked in contract which requires (required) that every 
> machine it sells, must be sold with an OS. So Dell provided bare 
> machines, with an enclosed FreeDos floppy disk. This complied with the 
> terms of the contract. M$ of course expected that every machine would be 
> sold with an M$ OS for which it would be compensated.
> 
> (This was referred to in a comment post on Groklaw about 2 years ago, 
> and the relevant testimony linked to on that site.. I read the 
> testimony, but I have no idea how you would find it now).
> 
> Geoff
> 
> 
That is interesting. Less than a year ago I asked the Dell sales staff
whether they would sell me machine with out Windows and the answer was
no.
-- 
Aaron Konstam <akonstam sbcglobal net>


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