It’s not often one sees where M$’s OS gets compared side by side on identical hardware on the web but here’s an example:
Price: $ 299
Price: $ 349
Price: $ 399
|Free DOS||Windows® 7 Home Premium||Windows® 7 Professional|
In all other respects, these three models of Acer’s Veriton N are identical. The logical conclusion is that other OS costs $50 or $100 depending on the level of lock-in you desire…
Of course some will buy this unit in order to install a retail version of that other OS which costs more than $50 or re-image with a customized version which costs more, but some will buy the FreeDOS version to avoid the “tax” altogether and install GNU/Linux.
Interestingly, in the Philippines you cannot buy the Veriton N with that other OS at all… and in Malaysia, a notebook which comes in two models gives you the choice of better hardware with GNU/Linux or that other OS for the same price…
Yet, here in Canada, retailers refuse to give us side by side comparisons of that other OS and GNU/Linux although they could. Why are we denied the advantages of competition in the marketplace? Wake up Competition Bureau!
“What, generally, were the changes to the Competition Act that arose from the passage of the bill?
Allowing the Competition Tribunal to award administrative monetary penalties against companies who have abused a dominant position in the marketplace.
The changes will modernize the Competition Act and better protect Canadians from the harm caused by anti-competitive acts. Keeping businesses honest cuts costs for everyone in the economy.
Competitive markets provide the greatest opportunities for lower prices, better product quality and business innovation, all of which benefit not only individual Canadians but the economy as a whole.”