Microsoft has had plenty of trouble with the European Union in recent days and now, if the Globalization Institute think tank has anything to say about it, PCs sold within the EU will be sold without an operating system.
The think tank recommended to the EU that all computers be sold without an operating system and sees no reason “why computer operating systems could not follow the same model as computer hard drives and processors.”
Cnet is saying that could lead to increased competition where operating systems are concerned and the think tank believes that the EU is looking to do just that.
According to the Globalization Institute report, “for two decades, Microsoft has enjoyed monopolistic power in the operating system market.”
This could go several ways, no computer sold within the EU is bundled with an operating system, any operating system and must be purchased seperately. Or, no computer sold within the EU is sold with Windows but is instead offered as an option and a distro of Linux becomes standard.
If the first option pans out that would mean retailers end up installing the operating system for the customer as many people aren’t going to do it themselves and I’m certain there would be a setup fee for doing so. If the second option pans out and the customer desires Windows then it has to be installed or written over the Linux install which would also require some kind of fee.
For the sake of the average consumer, I hope this doesn’t pan out, all that most people want is a computer that works out of the box without paying or doing anything extra.