Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Caveat Emptor

Just when you thought you'd heard everything and thought it safe to stick your head up over the parapet once more, along comes another tale of rank stupidity that makes you wonder how we ever got clever enough to come down out of the tree's!

PC World claims Linux melts laptops shouts the Inquirer in another article by Nick Farrell.

OS Swap blamed for manufacturing fault!

THE "TECH" PEOPLE at PC World seem to think that Linux is responsible for creating manufacturing faults.
A Slashdot reader took his five-month-old laptop into PC World with a broken hinge to the display which had cracked the plastic casing.
However the technical wizards at PC World refused to fix the fault because the punter had replaced the pre-installed Windows Vista with Gentoo Linux.
They claimed that installing Linux had voided his warranty and there is nothing they will do for him.
Like many indignant Brits he asked to speak to the manager and was told that he had been ordered to refuse any repairs if the operating system has been changed.
More here. ยต

This sounds like a basic infringement of a buyers statutory rights under an item being fit for purpose. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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