I am not sure if this is still the case, but they used to charge a royalty
for every machine you shipped, regardless of wheather or not you actually
put windows on
it. It was a way to take the incentive out of offering other os, as any
end up paying for it and for windows.
From: ilug-bounces at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-bounces at linux.ie]On Behalf Of
Sent: 24 May 2005 16:30
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Laptop without MS tax?
On 24/05/05, James McDermott <jamesmichaelmcdermott at gmail.com> wrote:
> Has anyone tried buying
> without MS Windows from Dell? Apparently it's possible.
Tried that and they wouldn't do it... they gave me some bull about
windows being needed to test the machines ! I wanted to get one
without windows so I wouldn't have to pay the license fee (poor
student) but they said that it wouldn't change the cost... does this
mean that dell are giving away Windows XP for free ? Hope Microsoft
knows about this !
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