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29 February, 2004

Windows-less laptop from Dick Smith

Why do you need to pay for Windows license if you are not going to use it or you hate Windows so much?

For those computer want to install Linux or other operating system themselves, a laptop without Windows pre-installed is now available from Dick Smith Electronics (New Zealand). (Computerworld NZ reports.)

I can smell the changes in agreements between manufacturers/retailers and Microsoft. Companies can now choose not to bundle Windows into all of their products. Microsoft used to set unfair advantage for themselves, including requiring retailers not to include other party's software (e.g. Netscape browsers), and compulsory inclusion of Microsoft Works (suite) for much cheaper OEM fee.

You might argue that from small computer store, you can buy a system with Windows, but for a nation-wide store, this is something interesting.
I have no idea if Dick Smith Electronics (Australia) will have the same offer.

Posted by Antony on 29 February 2004 12:02 AM |

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