LINFO: The Naked Truth About “Naked PCs”

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]

“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…”