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Toshiba finds workaround to Microsoft End-User License Agreement bug

Feb 27, 1999, 23:45 (28 Talkback[s])

Bradley J. Willson posted to the Linux-Biz mailing list:

Everett Linux User Group II met today for the second time and it was there that a new dirty trick was exposed. One of the new attendees (I didn't catch his name) brought in a new Toshiba notebook, and explained that he found a "legal agreement" on the plastic wrap that states if you open the plastic, you accept the terms of the sale. So much for loading Linux before using the computer! They seem to have found a way around the EULA and have the consumer by the short hairs before the floppy ever reaches the drive.

If there is a legal expert on the list, please consider this in light of the recent Windows Refund Day event and make suggestions as appropriate. I am inclined to boycott any manufacturer that corners the consumer in that fashion.

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