Paul on Sat, 6 Sep 2003 19:47:05 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Microsoft Run High School?

Art Clemons wrote:

I'm missing something here, just how can Microsoft actually legally ban the introduction of a second operating system on a computer a school system owns? What putative rights are you assigning? Admittedly if Microsoft owned the computers, it could ban the 2nd OS, but otherwise, it's on shaky ground indeed. If MS wants to try banning the installation of a 2nd OS as part of its EULA, the easy solution is to install the other OS first. I don't understand this fear of MS or its being pushed as the devil from Redmond. It's a large corporation with all of the flaws that large corporations show.

M$ doesn't require the legal right to ban other OSes. M$ just has to make schools /believe/ that they can't run other OSes, or make it less attractive to consider installing them. It might be similar to the way laptops are "required" to be sold with the latest version of Window$.

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