> I just found out that if you buy a computer form a company like Dell,
> Sony, Compaq etc, the version of Windows (OEM) belongs to the computer
> and not to the user!!! In other words, it is illegal for me to take my
> slow Dell computer and install Linux on it and use the Windows OS that
> came with the computer to install it into my speedy build it yourself
> computer!!! One more reason to hate Microbullshit licence shit.
> This is PURE BULL SHIT!!!!! How can they get away with this? Computer
> manufactures should make this very clear when you buy your computer;
> there would be a lot of disappointed people.
This has been Microsoft mode of operations since that days of MS-Dos
before Windows was considerd by almost anyone as a viable platform for
anything. That is a way that Microsoft can generate additional revenues,
by forcing you to purchase another copy of Windows when you already have
viable one, because they consider moving it to another machine as piracy.
That is a part of their predatory marketing by which they maintain their
monopoly. It is well enough known in the industry and they get away with
I have seen this in action in the days of MS-Dos, a copy bundled with a
Leading Edge, or a Hewlett Packard, or a Compaq, or a NEC, etc; could not
be moved to another machine of another make. Sometimes they could not
even be moved to another model or submodel of the same make of computer.
I run Linux, no *y RedHat, Debian, Slackware, or Corel, just Linux.
Linux accepted my new hardware without any effort on my part.
Windows took one look at my new hardware and committed suicide.