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WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-03-01 18:29 last modified 2007-03-05 12:00 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved

It's no secret—anyone who wants to avoid supporting Vista is going to have a hard time buying a new computer. Most new computers come with Microsoft Windows preinstalled, and already it is difficult to find a machine not carrying Vista around on its back.

Many of you helped bring this concern to Dell by voting at their new feedback site. You said you wanted an option to buy a machine without Microsoft Windows preinstalled, or with a free software operating system.

The Free Software Foundation published a paper today entitled, “The road to hardware free from restrictions” calling on major hardware vendors to recognize that they can have a mutually beneficial relationship with the free software community, and outlining the areas vendors should act in to make that a reality.

The paper is being sent by the FSF directly to the biggest manufacturers, but it's vital that users and consumers also communicate this message. It's nonsensical that people have to pay a premium on hardware to cover the cost of Microsoft Windows when they are just going to format the hard drive and install GNU/Linux as soon as they get the machine home.

You can start by giving the paper a digg.

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Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by comment at 2008-06-16 13:09
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We don't like Vista forever GNU (;

Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by filmizle at 2008-09-02 18:00
xp is much better than vista. certainly faster

Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by filmizle at 2008-09-02 18:00
xp is much better than vista. certainly faster

One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by Open Source Toolbox at 2007-03-02 04:34
Following lessons learned from Dell's experience with IdeaStorm (and maybe somewhat of a fiasco), the Free Software Foundation (FSF) published a paper, “The road to hardware free from restrictions” calling on major hardware vendors to recognize t...
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