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Re: Refunk

On Sun, 2006-09-03 at 22:10 -0500, Travis Davies wrote:
> I plan on purchasing a new Laptop soon.  Of course I do not want Micro
> $oft Windows installed on it. And since I won't be using it, why
> should I pay for it? I've been reading about the bearuucracy of this,
> but haven't read anything where the problem was actually solved. I was
> wondering if any of you have had any experience in this matter and if
> so; how it turned out.

Either find a vendor that sells the laptops without Windows (there are a
few), or resell the license on eBay.  Personally, I just bought a laptop
from Lenovo because those things are generally well supported, and I
have better things to do with my time than worrying about minor ethical
problems.  Minor ethical problems include paying for an OS that I'll
just reinstall in VMWare to make up for wine's shortcomings (having
legal native DLLs and fonts makes wine compatibility a little better,
too).  Besides, if you go to, say, Emperor Linux and get a linux laptop,
you'll pay *more*. http://www.emperorlinux.com/

To more directly answer you, there's been mixed success with getting a
windows refund - mostly a lack of success, from what I've read.  My time
has a real value, and that value is much greater than the OEM cost of
windows. :)  Other, more foamy-mouthed people are welcome to feel


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