Blogger uncle_benji went over to Best Buy and purchased an HP dv6815nr for $599.99 plus tax. When he saw the Windows Vista EULA and the HP EULA, he decided he wanted to move to Linux. He wasn’t happy that there wasn’t an option to decline the EULA, but didn’t take his revenge on Microsoft by just grabbing one of the many Linux distro install discs.
After many phone calls, insistence from HP representatives that it does not support Linux (drivers and so on), suggestions to contact Microsoft instead or to choose another laptop, many e-mails back and forth, a letter to the CEO Mark Hurd, and months of waiting, uncle_benji received a check for $200, addressed from HP in the mail.
Now he is offering the check up for grabs, starting the bid at $250 and promising to donate the difference from $200 to Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign or the Electronic Frontier Foundation (winning bidder’s choice).