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Re: Why hasn't anyone brought this up yet?

  The same goes for Gateway 2000, pretty much.  I just tried to configure
  a system from their web page - you couldn't tell them not to
  install/include an operating system.  On some of the systems targeted
  for business you can choose between NT or 95.
  Dana Newman wrote:
  > I have read just about all of this list for the last three weeks,
  > and haven't seen anyone bring this up yet.
  > Here's a for-instance:
  > Go to any Best-buy and tell'em you want to buy a Compaq Deskpro.
  > Tell the store manager you won't buy it unless the disk is "clean" and
  > you
  > want a discount because it doesn't have any software on it.
  > You get two answers:
  > 1. They won't do it
  > 2. They will tell you you can delete the software after you buy the
  > machine.
  > Call the Compaq corporation at any 1-800 number you can find,
  > and request the same thing you did from it's retailer(s)  (ie;
  > just a machine, NOT the software).
  > Just like their distributors:
  > 1. They won't do it.
  > 2. They will tell you that "software is a value added feature,
  > not included as a cost of the machine".  This is to infer that
  > the Microsoft Windows 95 software they are forcing down your
  > throat IF you want to buy the Compaq MACHINE... doesn't cost
  > you anything.
  > Bullshit!
  > I'm mad as hell... and I'm not gonna take it anymore.
  > As a consumer I do still have a choice.  That choice is
  > to not purchase the Compaq machine I wanted, but to
  > purchase a machine I don't prefer from another vendor.

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