A Linux enthusiast has managed to get Dell to honour the refund clause in the Microsoft Windows EULA.
It's pretty difficult to buy a laptop without Windows these days. But what if you have no intention of using it? The EULA for Windows XP has this clause:
"You agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA by installing, copying, or otherwise using the software. If you do not agree, do not install, copy, or use the software; you may return it to your place of purchase for a full refund, if applicable."
Technically, then, you should be allowed to send it back to your place of purchase and get a refund. This is exactly what Dave Mitchell, a systems admin, did.
Dell agreed to refund the cost of Windows, to the sum of just over 55 quid.
Full details of Dave's escapades are over at LinuxWorld
, where the open source advocates are cooing over his achievement.
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