Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 04, 2006 03:16 AM
I think you hit the nail on the head, however inadvertently: if IBM does that, then just don't buy IBM!
Buy Dell. If Dell does that, buy someone else. Unless this is codified as law somehow, you have an alternative.
I can't imagine many major hardware vendors believing that it would be in their best commercial interests to take such a close-minded position. Even IBM, HP, Sun, etc, who's far from a pure-play hardware vendors and sell highly proprietary software and hardware, would realize that this would be a very bad thing.
If you're only shipping hardware that will run your software, or software from those who pay you... who's gonna buy your stuff??