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Tom Davies wrote:
For most people the answer is to shrug and pay the money because they are unaware of any other 
option and wherever they bought the machine from is unlikely to know either (or at least not 
admit to knowing).  

I just did a quick search for "computers" on Amazon (since it happened to be open due to someone 
else's post) and found about 3 out of the first 5 machines it listed claimed to have OpenOffice 
pre-installed, one of the machines was a chrome-book and the other just didn't seem to mention 
any programs bundled with the computer.  

So, things do seem to be improving a bit but i imagine MS will fight against that.  

When I got a new Thinkpad, a couple of years ago, the first things I did
1) Build a set of recovery discs.
2) Repartition and install Linux
3) Remove all the crapware from Windows, including that "free" MS Office.

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