Originally Posted by damgar
How are we defining "average user?" I don't think the "average user" will ever install an OS to begin with. They buy a computer like it's a cell phone or a DVD player. "I bought a box that does this" seems to be the general sentiment.
I think that it would be great if most computers wouldn't come with an OS preinstalled for 3 reasons:
The user will gain some understanding of computers. But installers have evolved so much that IMHO any n00b can install Windows and most Linux distros pretty easily.
The user can choose the OS he/she wants. If so much computers didn't come with Windows preinstalled, maybe Linux would be much, much more popular! You might say that you can just install Linux over Windows, but that means you paid for Windows and are not gonna use it, and also most users just use what's on there and don't give anything else (like Linux) a chance. After all, they paid for Windows (and had no choice).
No bloatware, because the hardware vendor has no control over your OS!