Walt Mossberg, the WSJ's Gadget God, waited several years for Vista to come out before buying another Windows box. His new Vaio SZ laptop is a beautiful machine. He was pissed off that the machine had so much bloat outta the box.
...the plethora of teaser software and advertisements for products that must be cleared and uninstalled to make way for your own stuff.
The problem is a lack of respect for the consumer. The manufacturers don't act as if the computer belongs to you. They act as if it is a billboard for restricted trial versions of software and ads for Web sites and services that they can sell to third-party companies who want you to buy these products.
Amen. Mossberg isn't single out just Sony, though. He says it would happen on any vendor's PC. But he's wrong about that one:
Gordon and Will at Maximum PC remind me that Dell offers clean installs on their XPS line of computers.