Newegg No Longer Consider GNU/Linux Breaks the Warranty

Chuckle. A story broke that New Egg considered the warranty void if a customer installs GNU/Linux. I can see their position since they sold a system including OS but they have seen the light that offending customers is not good for business and recanted. Perhaps this incident will put into mind their giving more retail space to GNU/Linux so customers would have choices they like instead of compromises by installing GNU/Linux over that other OS. Good for New Egg.

see Newegg: No, We'll Totally Take Returns After You Install Linux – The Consumerist.

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6 Responses to Newegg No Longer Consider GNU/Linux Breaks the Warranty

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Viktor wrote:

    “Does any of you like John Carpenter’s “They Live”?”

    That’s an underrated movie in my book. Low budget but quite good in spite of the lack of big studio bucks. I checked out Roddy Piper’s IMDb page. Looks like he’s been pretty busy. Good for him.

    You don’t need a tinfoil hat to believe that Microsoft pondered licensing the sale of PC motherboards. If we had special eye glasses that revealed all of Microsoft’s secrets a-la “They Live”, I have no doubt the truth would be worth more than any Hollywood script.

  2. Ivan wrote more nonsense, “Android OEMs do the exact same thing”.

    OEMs have been seen to publish the source-code and assist users in “rooting” their smart thingies. So, no they don’t. In any event, if one OEM did those things, you could buy from another. There are dozens of OEMs, no monopoly.

  3. Ivan says:

    “I think they are trying to get monopoly “right” this time with ARM, making sure only their OS will boot with ARM.”

    You’ll let us know when you realize that Android OEMs do the exact same thing, won’t you?

  4. Viktor says:

    Nice thinking, gentlemen. Don’t forget your tin foil hats. Microsoft is using extra-terrestrial mind control technology nowadays.

    Does any of you like John Carpenter’s “They Live”?

  5. kozmcrae wrote, ” If Microsoft had its way you would have to purchase a copy of their OS with each motherboard. I have no doubt that that was something they seriously considered at one time or another.”

    I think they are trying to get monopoly “right” this time with ARM, making sure only their OS will boot with ARM. How much damage to the market for OS does M$ have to do before governments prevent that?

  6. kozmcrae says:

    I’ve purchased more than a few motherboards from Newegg and numerous computer parts for building computers for friends and relatives, all loaded with GNU/Linux. The only Microsoft OS was one XP service pack 2 for me. That lasted only about two years before it was paved over with Fedora 3.

    It’s fortunate that we live in a world where it’s possible to buy computer parts and build your own computer. If Microsoft had its way you would have to purchase a copy of their OS with each motherboard. I have no doubt that that was something they seriously considered at one time or another.

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