While all this sentiment is great and all, surely the consumer has the right to not pay for an OS when they buy a computer.

I'm not saying that 98% of the world who are happy with Windows and think that Word is part of the Operating System, and should all come "in the box" shouldn't pay an extra $150 for a pre-installed OS, but surely someone who wants Linux (god bless 'em) shouldn't be forced to pay for the Windows licence that they won't use.

Perhaps it would be nice if you could phone up a computer store and explicitly demand an OS-free computer for $150 off the retail price, but you concede that in eight weeks time someone will pop round to make sure you don't have illegal windows running on your computer.