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LINFO: The Naked Truth About "Naked PCs"

May 18, 2006, 22:00 (16 Talkback[s])


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"The term naked PC is used by Microsoft Corporation to refer to a personal computer that is sold without any operating system preinstalled on the hard disk drive (HDD).

"The term was coined for its dramatic value and as a means for creating the impression that it is evil to sell computers without operating systems because they might be used for so-called software piracy (i.e., copying or using software in violation of its license). This is due to the fact that the word naked implies both that something is missing and that it is an inappropriate or immoral condition..."

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