Quoting Sean O'Donnell (sodonnell at 3q-solutions.com):
> 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 customer would end up paying for it and
> for windows.
They've actually had to change the way they do this dodge a couple of
times, as each variation gets ruled by the courts to violate their
USA Department of Justice consent decrees. More info at:
I.e., in that _Sydney Morning Herald_ interview, please see my answer to
the question "Are you involved in the forthcoming refund day (January 23)?"
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