So I bought a new machine last week and, gparted, have been busily treating it to Ubuntu.
It’s cooler now. Literally.
And I figured, I’m fed up of being forced to pay for an excuse of an operating system that I don’t want.
Damn, I wanted to buy a computer, not all the crap bundled on it:-
.. the proprietary security/spyware and games packages that I will never use, the hard sell to Norton that, were I a savvy Windows user, I’d have to waste time uninstalling, along with the pitch to buy Office, the waste of space that is IE and, oh, that shoddy OS itself, Vista, to which all I wanna say is “‘hasta la nada .. buster!”
So, why not? This is improper trading, after all. Maybe a partial refund?
I was inspired. Here’s the letter:-
Having bought a laptop computer from one of your shops in Valencia last Saturday, 6 days ago, I wish to enquire as to the correct procedure to request a refund, please.
The computer itself, a HP Pavillion DV2-1140es, is satisfactory. However, it came with what, one might say, may be loosely described as an operating system, Microsoft Windows Vista, and it is this element that I would like to return.
Then again, “would like to return” is not always possible, with Microsoft-bundled computers ..
I would be happy to return the application to you but, for reasons beyond my comprehension, it did not ship with an installation disk. I can, however, provide its serial number, together with the sticker on the bottom of the machine. Of course, it would be destructive to remove the Windows key from the keyboard, but really I think that is part of the hardware and, sure, can be reconfigured to useful effect.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.
.. also translated into Spanish, though I dunno sarcasm really travels.
Will let you know how I get on in my lil’ bid for ethical computer shopping.