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New Microsoft fights to maintain the PC tax
[link|http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39261437,00.htm|http://news.zdnet.co...0,39261437,00.htm]

Microsoft has urged UK PC vendors not to give customers the opportunity to buy a PC without a pre-installed operating system.

Supplying base systems, or 'naked PCs', is a missed opportunity, according to Michala Alexander, Microsoft's head of anti-piracy.

Writing in Microsoft's Partner Update magazine, which is distributed to computer dealers, Alexander estimated that 5 percent of computers sold in the UK in 2006 would not include an operating system.

Alexander is keen to bring that number down, even though customers could want a base system because they want to install Linux, or because their firm already has a licensing agreement for an operating system such as Windows.

"We want to urge all system builders \ufffd indeed, all Partners \ufffd not to supply naked PCs. It is a risk to your customers and a risk to your business \ufffd with specifically 5 percent fewer opportunities to market software and services," wrote Alexander.

Linux vendors and free software supporters, though, believe these base systems can play an important role in supporting the open source market. Some are concerned that Microsoft may be attempting to use its powerful position in the market to hamper competition.
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New Given that Microsoft makes money . . .
. . on every Windows sold, and the dealer makes nothing but will be asked for support, I doubt they're really impressed.
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New Bought a naked PC right here in the good ole US of A
99 to add windows and get a media copy. 30% increase in price of the machine.

Sorry. Apt-get-install debian
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New Where? Linky?
New Round the corner from my house
local show vendors store.
If you push something hard enough, it will fall over. Fudd's First Law of Opposition

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New Speaking of which
Trenton Computer Fair is coming up.
YAY!
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New I haven't been in ages, it seems
lotsa radio stuff there too, IIRC...

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     Microsoft fights to maintain the PC tax - (tuberculosis) - (7)
         Given that Microsoft makes money . . . - (Andrew Grygus)
         Bought a naked PC right here in the good ole US of A - (bepatient) - (5)
             Where? Linky? -NT - (n3jja) - (3)
                 Round the corner from my house - (bepatient) - (2)
                     Speaking of which - (broomberg) - (1)
                         I haven't been in ages, it seems - (imric)
             Terrorist. -NT - (pwhysall)

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