Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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RE: Comment by Nico57
by leech on Sun 11th Nov 2012 23:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nico57"
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Funny thing is, Lenovo (at least at one point in time) sold Linux based laptops (using SuSE Linux). They didn't have any crapware on them.

But let's take a closer look at the few OEMs that have ventured into Linux Land.

A person would think "They're using a free operating system, so the overall purchase price should be less than one that comes with Windows, right? Wrong, the Linux equivalent have actually cost the same if not more, historically.

This is because there weren't any random advertisement laden crap on there. That crap gives money to the OEMs for putting their crap on there. No crap, no discount.

The first x86 based PC that I had access to was my mother's that was a Pentium 75 Packard Bell. Yes, it had crap installed on it (well besides Windows 95) and Packard Bell 'recovery' CDs was a custom Windows disk that would reinstall all that same garbage.

Of course it also had that garbage Soundcard / Modem ISA card... but that's another story entirely.

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