Italy! Finally someone is taking M$ to court over the tax it imposes on PCs on retail shelves. Consumers are being forced to buy a licence for that other OS even if they do not intend to run that other OS. Getting a refund from M$ or the retailer or OEM is very difficult and hardly worth the bother.
IMHO we should be able to go into a retail establishment and
- be able to choose an OS just as we do choose what brand/style of lightbulb we put in lamps,
- be able to know the price of the licence and support for the OS, and
- have the choice of no OS.
I recognize that most consumers do not want to install an OS so bundling an OS with a PC is necessary but it is also necessary to have a choice in OS or competition is absent from the market for OS. Many retailers will not have expertise to wipe an OS but that can be fixed. After they have wiped a few, perhaps they will realize they have to stock some no-OS systems and/or GNU/Linux systems. Something like 10% of purchasers will want to install their own OS so there is a market. On-line sellers have no problem supplying such machines. Why should other retailers be different?
Let us hope the suit succeeds and similar suits succeed in changing the face of IT globally. It is late but better late than never. I am ashamed of the Canadian government through its Competition Bureau endorses the tax.