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Re: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question
  • From: Samy Elashmawy <samelash@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 19:29:16 -0400
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Take your money elswhere.

At 12:44 PM 5/2/2001 +0100, Eddie Howson wrote:
>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
>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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