On Wed, 2022-03-16 at 22:57 +1030, Simon Lees wrote:
In reality the only way you could do something like this and actually have it work is not by requiring Vendors to "offer a choice" but rather a model where consumers could hand there OEM keys back to Microsoft and get a rebate in return.
I agree that something like this is the better option.
Vendors should be free to ship whatever software they want with their products, according to what they think sells best, or is most suitable for purpose, or whatever.
However, consumers should also be free to wipe the bundled software and replace it with something else. And, crucially, if the bundled software isn't free, there should be a standard procedure for returning the license and get a refund.
Then I would finally be able to buy whatever laptop I want without being forced to pay a Microsoft tax. :-)
Like Richard I don't really think this sort of political activism is
the current role of the openSUSE project but I think its a good thing that we support organizations such as FSFE who's roll it is to look at such things. I'd also be happy if a vote of members found that we should adjust our role / vision to include such things.
Agree - it's not necessarily something openSUSE as a project should engage in pushing, even if it somewhat aligns with our goals.