jimallyn wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:25 pm
DAMIEN1307 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:00 pm
i was able to re-purpose them and created something of value to me...
A few decades ago, a friend had one entire room covered in AOL CDs.
Times have not really changed (around here):
In (N.A.), U.S./Canada
, (of which I blame our nafta), EVERY BigBox store forcibly sells Desktop, Laptops, ..., with "ONLY" MS Windows, pre-installed on them. ?!
We, the "Consumer", are already paying an immoral premium, of approx $200, more than we should for every single PC/Laptop/... that we purchase.?
Standing outside of any one these stores trying to "$ell" someone even more, (be it a Mint DVD, ...), is simply asking for a bloody nose,
no offence intended.
And yes, not surprisingly, it's always been that bad around here for decades now.
The "System76's", ..., and their ilk, do help, but it's far from enough.
If anything, what we should be doing is "picketing" ALL these retailer's, distributor's, ... to allow ALL potential purchaser's to have a "Free" Linux choice in the matter, and therefore NOT have to pay more money for this or that hardware, just 'cause MS has been forcibly pre-installed in it, period. !
(but the above will require some very well co-ordinated political/national legs,-so to speak, along with a LOT of staying power).
...BUT, sadly for now, until MS finally leaves the (pay us or else?)-OS business, then nothing will ever change around here, -never ever.!
- The (select) huge Smart Phone/Tablet/... MultiNational Corporations, (and we all know who they are), have been making $Trillions, as we speak, literally using Linux as well, by successfully replacing every single Desktop, Laptop,..., with their proprietary hardware + pay for streaming, cloud's, proprietary OS's, and Apps, ...and, tragically, it's actually working. ?!
- So, like ya'll, ...aka, I'm not against paying for good Apps that actually care, and DO what they're supposed to do, but,
I've ALWAYS been against any (high-level-interfaceing-hardware) that does not allow a, (humanely usable),"Free"-OS/Firmware/... to run on it. !