The Free Software Foundation, taking advantage of what it says is the rejection of Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system, is urging major computer hardware manufacturers to offer consumers computers without any operating system or with a free GNU/Linux OS.
“We see Microsoft Vista as being a failure,” said Peter Brown, FSF executive director, in an interview Friday. “People aren’t buying new hardware because of Vista.”
Brown says five proposals designed to encourage hardware manufacturers to work with the free software community were sent to Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell for comment in January. The paper, titled “The Road To Hardware Free From Restrictions,” was publicly released on the FSF Web site this week.
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