Best Laptop to buy for Freebsd Without OS?
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Sat Feb 19 02:35:56 UTC 2011
> The major OEMs will say "OK, then you must return the computer," and
> you have no option but to comply. This is true for the USA.
192 sovereign countries exist with differing laws.
Licenses I've seen from usually USA companies in Europe over
decades have often seemed to contravene local law. USA allows
more restrictions I believe: reverse engineering & unbundling of
soft+hardware bundles etc is OK in Europe I think. A British
appeals court test case in '80s ruled against NCP: Conditions
available after purchase are void.
One would need an M$ licence to run M$, but if it held clauses
that eg forbade running under emulation, or on replacement hardware,
those could contravene some local law & if so be void. M$ was
heavily fined by European court a while back (Search with "Microsoft
convicted monopolist") I woudn't expect happy compliance.
XP purchased with a Toshiba laptop runs native, but fails on
virtualbox, on the same laptop. I believe XP is crippled to only
run on Toshiba, & vbox presents too clean/generic an environment ;-)
Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich http://berklix.com
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