[conspire] No more GNU HP Minis

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Tue Nov 3 16:17:33 PST 2009

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 11:57:21AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> begin Rick Moen quotation of Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 09:52:34AM -0800:
> > Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):
> > 
> > > I finnaly got a few bucks together to get my daughter a computer and LO
> > > AND BEHOLD, HP Mini's no longer come with Linux pre-installed.
> > 
> > Do you _really_ want some manufacturer's OS preload?  They have a strong
> > tendency to screw around with the contents, and not to the customer's
> > benefit.
> Besides, if you get a computer with a proprietary OS
> preload, you can remove it and resell it before you
> accept the EULA.
> (It's fun to watch the cycle of manufacturer
> introduces Linux box, Microsoft gives manufacturer
> money, manufacturer withdraws Linux box, but it must
> be annoying if you actually want to buy the product
> in between steps 1 and 2.)

There are no disks to sell and I would no more sell a slaveware OS than
a Slave.  Either way, same result.

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