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The first thing to understand is that this isn't a problem with contemporary computing per se, it's a problem with Microsoft Windows and its software ecosystem.

Any ecosystem that has OEMs:

- Symbian

- Android

- Linux distributions on netbooks

- ...

Yes, this might be a problem with proprietary software more generally - that it ultimately ends up trying to strongarm or "hard sell" the user rather than merely trying to meet their requirements.

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