Am Freitag, 18. März 2022, 17:53:57 CET schrieb Gerald Pfeifer:
On Thu 2022-03-17, Simon Lees wrote:
I don't really think the focus here is Freedom, because the reality is I can buy pretty much any laptop / desktop where the manufacturer only ships Windows and I have complete freedom to install whatever OS I want
True, but you still would have to pay for Windows.
My current notebook is a CTO model - not specifically made for CTOs 😎, that's the vendors term for "configure your own" - and I could configure hardware options, add software, adjust software, choose languages, just not opt out of getting and paying for Windows which I never used.
I asked the CEO of Lenovo Germany for a Laptop w/o operating system, or as alternative a refund for the unused Windows license. Someone from Lenovo called me and told me that they will not sell a Laptop without Windows, and refused to refund the license. And refused as well to give me that statement in written.
I found a way to buy a ThinkPad without Windows, otherwise I would probably use a different brand now (with trackpoint - important!)
So it's not necessarily asking for Linux coming preloaded. I don't need that.
Sure. I consider you an educated user, like all on the mailing list :-)
Just to not have to pay for something else when all I want to use is Linux. Our own Linux, in fact. :-)
If possible, yes Axel