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[News] Op-ed Europe's 'Naked PC' Proposal is a Great Idea

  • Subject: [News] Op-ed Europe's 'Naked PC' Proposal is a Great Idea
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 07:49:07 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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A free market for free software

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| Retailers then have the option of selling a naked PC with no operating 
| system, or one with a free operating system, at a discounted price. The 
| technology exists to create a European-wide image-distribution system that 
| could put any operating system onto any PC at retail, in moments. A sensible 
| retailer would keep up with demand by maintaining a small stock of 
| ready-to-sell PCs with the operating system of the moment: not an onerous 
| requirement. That system could be paid for by the Microsoft fine, and it 
| would be open to any operating system whose licence allowed unrestricted 
| copying.        
| There are many benefits to this approach. OEMs and operating-system writers 
| will be motivated to keep their images up-to-date with security patches and 
| features, minimising their own infrastructure expenses, and it would be an 
| interesting new channel to the users. Even Microsoft would be free to join, 
| when it produces a free version of Windows. Now that's a real free market.    


Sounds like a solution was finally found, at least for Europe.


Unbundling Microsoft Windows

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| Computers in the European Union should be sold without a bundled operating 
| system, according to this submission to the European Commission. It says that 
| the bundling of Microsoft Windows with computers is not in the public 
| interest, and prevents meaningful competition in the operating system market.   


Free-market think tank urges EU to unbundle Windows

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| The Globalisation Institute, a European think-tank run by free market 
| advocates, today went on the offensive against Microsoft, calling on the EU 
| to require all PCs to be sold without operating systems.  


Ruling: Acer must refund purchase price of preinstalled software that is not
being used

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| In France the "Groupe de travail Détaxe" of the "Association Francophone des 
| Utilisateurs de Linux et des Logiciels Libres" (AFUL) [Association of 
| French-speaking users of Linux and free software] is one of a number of 
| groups calling for an end to what it terms the "OEM tax." In reports 
| published in France it says that the case now made public was not the first 
| of its kind and that there are indications that in similar court cases where 
| decisions are still pending these could in the end be similar to the one just 
| published. Since this summer the AFUL campaign by the name of Non aux 
| racketiciels is also being supported by the Linux distributor 
| Mandriva. "Racketiciel" is composed of "racket" as in English and the 
| ending "iciels" taken from "logiciel," the French word for software.          


French consumer group attacks PC software bundling

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| UFC-Que Choisir legal officer Sandra Wouhling said current
| practice effectively forced ordinary consumers to buy computers
| using Microsoft operating systems whereas companies anda
| dministrations were offered a real choice.


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