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2002-08-11 12:42:32+00 by meuon 5 comments

I had heard this from a local computer dealer Friday when i picked up 3 systems, 1 with NT/2000 and the other two with no operation system (Linux bound). He's not sure what his official stance will be about essentially being forced to sell MS-OS systems, but his un-official response was 'Ya gotta buy parts, right? and parts is parts, we may just not call them systems.'

[ related topics: Free Software Microsoft Open Source ]

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#Comment made: 2002-08-11 21:28:05+00 by: TheSHAD0W

You might be able to make a business out of teaming up with a big computer vendor, building systems that are essentially the same using the same suppliers, or getting your parts from the vendor, but not including an OS or using some *ix instead of MS.

#Comment made: 2002-08-12 02:56:27+00 by: meuon [edit history]

The hardware business is a slim margin business. We do better selling our time and expertise. :) { I am working hard tonight, perusing flutterby while watching data get extracted from large files ).

Although after reading this: http://home.chatt.net/~meuon/ms-pal-digression.html about Palladium and 'Digital Rights Management' I really think the next wave may be consulting and tools to remove Microsoft from companies, or at least control it dispite the EULA.

#Comment made: 2002-08-14 00:30:55+00 by: Dori

Latest news via News.com: Dell Computer is making Windows optional for some of its business desktops. The deal between Dell and MS said that Dell couldn't sell any No-OS computers. Dell's solution: include an unloaded copy of FreeDOS in the box.

#Comment made: 2002-08-14 02:14:32+00 by: meuon

That gets it legal and out of the MS/Linux wars. I like it :)

#Comment made: 2002-08-16 20:05:01+00 by: meuon

http://www.counterpane.com/crypto-gram-0208.html is good, a bit more sane, on Palladium and digital rights management by Microsoft.