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A free market for free software

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It is one thing to recognise a problem, quite another to fix it. Although the Globalisation Institute is quite correct in saying that Microsoft's effective monopoly of the desktop is unfair to competitors and holds back the market, its proposed solution is no solution at all.

Banning the sale of computers with operating systems installed fixes nothing and inconveniences the customer: much like the impotent, symbolic gesture of making Microsoft ship a version of Windows without the media player.

There are better options. The institute decided against forcing retailers to offer non-Windows PCs alongside those with Windows installed because of the complexity of managing an infinite number of alternatives. But that's the very essence of choice.

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