Globalization Institute wants EU to unbundle Windows with PCs

September 24, 2007

Globalization Institute wants EU to unbundle Windows with PCs 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.

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3 Responses to “Globalization Institute wants EU to unbundle Windows with PCs”

  1. Mark Bench:

    People might feel like they are not paying any extra money for the OS, but the price of Windows comes hidden with the PC. If I don’t want any kind of Windows, why do I need to pay for it? Most people know somebody who can do the OS installation for them (free of charge). Why tying people’s hands in the benefit of a monopolistic predator, as Microsoft?

  2. a non e mous:

    It’s pretty simple, really…

    If you want a bare-bones PC, then order a bare-bones PC. My current desktop PC was sold to me on that basis. Sure, you might have to hunt around for a supplier who is prepared to build a box for you, but it can be done.

  3. asdf:

    What people want out of their computer is for it to run their software and not have to do much setup themselves. Linux is crap for the average and even above-average user. You can get a PC today with no OS installed from just about every major brand. Even if it comes with Windows loaded onto it, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the OS through the manufacturer if you choose to use another OS.

    I don’t see why Linux or any other OS should be immune to the penalties that Windows would be subject to. If one OS is not allowed to be bundled, then no other should be allowed as well. Every machine should be barebones, no exceptions, if Windows is thrown out.

    Troubleshooting Linux can be several levels harder than troubleshooting Windows. I’ve had the displeasure of working on many broken Linux machines and I can tell you firsthand that a Windows repair would have been many times easier even without any OS reinstalls.

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