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Good afternoon,

there are companies, which sell Windows free hardware. I am using a Tuxedo Laptop. Although I must 
admit I am using it with W10 and Microsoft Office 365. But on the other hand, I am using an old 
Netbook, which run on W7, Which I am using now with Ubuntu.

Removing an old Windows system does not generally remove the warranty. It is easy too to buy 
hardware without any system. It is much cheaper.

I have no knowledge about the firmware though. 

The issue in general is that most people want the ease of use and don┬┤t see the consequences. (Very 
often I turn a blind eye too, as I want to move easy through the information cloud to get what I 
It is currently more time consuming to set up a system without Microsoft. As long as the effort is 
not made early, in school f.e. young people will not even know about open software. Only look at 
the efforts Microsoft makes to set up systems in schools already, worldwide. Try local school open 
software computer clubs. This would involve a lot of private effort. Now in Corona times?
Munich tried to set up Linux in government offices, only to give up some years later.

Warm regards


Dr. Gudrun Schirmer-Liyayi

-----Urspr├╝ngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Ravi Dwivedi <> 
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 15. Dezember 2021 19:34
An: Chris Whitworth <>;
Cc: Marketing list <>
Betreff: Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Ideas wanted for "How we're different" part of new LibreOffice 

On 13/12/21 7:40 pm, Chris Whitworth wrote:

My suggestion is that we try to build as large a community as we can,  > whilst recognising that 
the majority will not join us.  It would help if we  > could buy new PC's that were not already 
loaded with the Microxrap  > operating system.  I went to at least 6 dealers here and could not 
persuade  > any of them to sell me a blank system.

They all said that if I deleted W10
the warranty would be invalid.

We need to have local businesses which can sell laptops powered by free software. I use one 
prepared by a local vendor in India which can run exclusively on free software(yes, without nonfree 
firmware too). I wrote about it here We can 
also fund startups like Purism(by buying their devices) which sell hardware powered by free 

The dirty tricks brigade are alive and  > well!

yes, so raising awareness about the freedom part becomes important. I personally won't care if 
removing Windows from my laptop voids the warranty.

Ravi Dwivedi
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