[ubuntu-uk] EU-topia? No Windows in EU ? Should we contribute?
Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com
Fri Sep 28 15:01:23 BST 2007
Chris Jones wrote:
> Kris Douglas wrote:
>> No windows in the European union?
> No it's just a very misguided suggestion that no PC should ship with an
> OS pre-installed.
> It just means more pain for users and no gain for anyone else.
I'm with you on this.
It is hard to see where other EU Directives of a similar nature (for
example, the legislation around servicing for motor vehicles by
non-franchised dealers) has ACTUALLY led to an improvement for customers.
I also have trouble with the economics of "No Windows licence means much
cheaper PC". The big vendors pay little for their Windows licences - and
in some cases make MORE from the CrippleWare fees they charge than they
actually have to pay out for the O/S licence - so a "fair cost" solution
would actually make Windows+Crippleware CHEAPER than Linux.
Dell are, of course, to be applauded for what they've done. Both in
REDUCING the price of a non-Windows PC and providing such an option in
the first place.
Of course, what I'd REALLY like to see is machines installed
dual-booting between Ubuntu and a "30-day trial version of Windows" at
the end of which, the user either paid an extra £xxx or went with Ubuntu.
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