The sky fell a long time ago, +Michael Soldwisch
, but that's not excuse to give up. We should point anti-trust people at Microsoft. . It's not OK that Microsoft has driven everyone else out of retail like this,http://techrights.org/2009/06/03/sub-notebooks-linux-taskforces/
and it's not OK that Microsoft has roped in all the OEMs with some kind of Windows only or the highway licensing. +robert pogson
warned us that Microsoft was trying to do this to the ARM market, http://mrpogson.com/2011/05/31/microsoft-squeaks-no-one-listens/
If the story above is correct, they have done something similar to x86 land.
Microsoft trusts their retail lock to protect them, but the rest of us will eat shit. More partners are going to lose their shirts and go out of business like CompUSA, Circuit City and other Vista victims. Any state that lets Microsoft get away with banning competition will become a technical back water. Dell's one, stupidly expensive "developer" laptop is a pathetic substitute for what a free market would actually deliver.