FOSDEM followup: Fellowship section on reclaiming “Windows Tax”

During the Q&A session at the end of my keynote at FOSDEM 2007, some people were discussion the issue of the “Windows Tax” on all PCs and laptops: Most vendors will not sell you hardware without Windows licence for fear of not being able to offer any Windows licences in the future.

The only known way to work against that tax at the moment is to ask for reimbursement of the tax from the vendor — a process that is not communicated, documented, or encouraged by the vendors for obvious reasons.

As there is no central repository for that kind of information, I offered FSFE’S Fellowship site for the purpose, and Tim Speetjens from Belgium was so kind to email us his experience to seed this repository.

The repository is located at http://www.fsfe.org/refund and we encourage you to also reclaim your Windows tax and share your experience with others: The section can be edited by all Fellows, and you can also send us your reports by email to fellowship@fsfeurope.org.

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About greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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