Italian Court Attacks “The Tax”

We should all live in Italy! Maybe not. Their criminal law system stinks… but they got it right when considering the defacto monopoly bundling M$’s OS creates.“The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together with a non-free operating system as "a commercial policy of forced distribution". The court slammed this practice as "monopolistic in tendency". It also highlighted that the practice of bundling means that end users are forced into using additional non-free applications due to compatibility and interoperability issues, whether they wanted these programs or not.” If you buy a lawn mower, you can have Brigg & Stratton, Honda, Kohler, or Riyobi engines. You can have gasoline, diesel or even electric… If you buy a small cheap computer as your PC, you can have GNU/Linux or Android/Linux on it if you want. Why are legacy PCs different? Only because M$ devised a means of maintaining the monopoly granted by IBM indefinitely.

Congratulations on the Italian court seeing through the sham of denying monopoly or accepting the lie that retailers can do whatever they want, that the consumers don’t have to buy the thing. What if the consumer wants GNU/Linux on a legacy PC today, on retail shelves, eh?

When I approached the Canadian Competition Bureau on the matter, they parroted that I had no standing, not being in competition with M$. Shame on them. Who is in competition with M$ when M$ has eliminated the market? They should do their job and protect consumers and businesses from an unfair tax on goods and services in Canada. What’s your government doing to protect your freedom of choice in operating systems?

See Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Italian Court Attacks “The Tax”

  1. kurkosdr wrote, of China, “MS has fortified the castle and the surrounding countryside called Desktopland and the neckbeard army has illusions of getting in with pitchforks.”

    Castles may appear important but a year or more of siege usually starved them out. M$ claimed it was getting paid for only ~10% of seats. Today they are probably paid for more than that but in a year or two the government will seriously promote GNU/Linux so all bets are off. China has a huge uptake of PCs these days and GNU/Linux is selling. M$ will not be able to stem the flow.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    ” I thought computer-geeks loved GNU/Linux…”

    The Windows 7 release candidate, a beta OS available only as something you have to download and install yourself (if you knew where to find it) and not marketed by MS, aka something for geeks, surpassed the browser share of all linux distros back then.

    ” So, China is full of computer geeks who install operating systems?”

    Everyone has this relative or friend who knows how to format and install windows. This is how people got by during the dark years of XP. If Linux had a chance on the desktop, it was then.

    Now, MS has fortified the castle and the surrounding countryside called Desktopland and the neckbeard army has illusions of getting in with pitchforks.

  3. pogson says:

    kurkosdr wrote, “OEMs sell linux PCs in China, where people wipe the HDD right away and install pirated Windows”.

    So, China is full of computer geeks who install operating systems? I thought computer-geeks loved GNU/Linux… It’s interesting how the troll’s argument wiggles like a worm on a hook. In North America/Europe, GNU/Linux can’t work because folks don’t install operating systems but in China, GNU/Linux can’t work because folks do install operating systems… [SARCASM]

  4. kurkosdr says:

    Ahh… the illusion that OEMs will risk bundling Ubuntu with their PCs after what happened with the Dellbuntu debacle. Sure, OEMs sell linux PCs in China, where people wipe the HDD right away and install pirated Windows, but no, not in Europe where the poor user might actually try to use the thing, and even (oh no!) upgrade it (because you have to upgrade it to run new software, unlike windows).

    If (and that’s a really big “if”) something comes out of this ruling, the OEMs will just make some “blank” PCs available in limited availability, like one per store, and that’s it.

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