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Re: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question
There is a company, Simply Computers ( who will not
sell a computer without an operating system. However, they do not offer any
Linux distos. The only solution they offer is to buy MsDOS even if you are
never going to use it. Is there anything that can be done or is there anyway
that we can put pressure on the them to rethink their policy?

Just wondered.


On Tuesday 01 May 2001 02:22, Stuart Powell wrote:
> Hello, everyone.
> I just wanted to see what trouble I could stir up this evening with an
> article I found this morning. I'm surprised Fred didn't send it on. If
> you don't think of MS as the Evil Empire yet, this may well push you over
> the edge.
> This article raised many questions in my mind. Predominantly, though, is
> this: Just how far can Microsoft go in its pursuit of pirates without
> overstepping the mark ? How much of this power can be wielded beyond US
> borders ?
> Let's say that I buy a shiny new PC from Gateway, for the sake of argument.
> I order it without an OS, since I intend to install a lovely fresh copy of
> SuSE on it, and don't want to have to pay the MS Tax. A vigilant Gateway
> employee then calls up MS and says "Stoo just bought a new machine without
> an OS. Please add another point to my score, as I am trying to win my own
> yacht from the MS 'Shop Your Customers for Profit' promotion". The next
> thing I get is a phone call from a drone in Redmond. The call goes
> something like this...
> Drone - "Mr. Powell, it has come to our attention that you just bought a
> whizz-bang new Gateway PC without an OS. We will be sending the PC police
> ( over to make sure you bought a valid Windows licence
> for that PC."
> Me - "Sod off ! It's running Linux."
> Question; can they still send the PC police round to check and see if I
> actually have Linux on the box ? What about the other PCs here that may or
> may not be running Windows ? Can they check those just because they're
> here and they feel like it ? How about my friend's PC in the corner that I
> will be upgrading with a new processor in a couple of days ? I don't know
> if he has a valid Windows licence or not. I certainly can't produce one
> for it myself.
> And finally, how long is this kind of behaviour going to be tolerated
> before someone sees the light and puts a stop to this kind of thing ?
> Let the battle commence...
> Stuart.

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