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?