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directory containing the setup.exe files for any other software the
manufacturer thinks would be useful.
In other words, the ideal laptop would *not* come with a load of rubbish
that is next to impossible to uninstall.
2) The make and model of an integrated camera, fingerprint reader,
bluetooth adapter, WiFi chips and other hardware are documented.
3) Sufficient technical documentation about all the internal devices
such as cameras, WiFi, fingerprint readers, Bluetooth, any switches are
provided to enable programmers to create drivers for other operating
4) If it not possible to do (3) immediately, then a commitment to
provide such technical information after a set period, such as one year.
After a period of 1 year, the information should not be very
Personally, if I knew full technical documentation about a laptop from
Sony would not be available for 4 years, but from Asus it would be after
1 year, then that would influence my buying decision. I guess a lot of
people would not care, but a significant fraction might.
Both Intel and AMD make available detailed technical information about
their CPUs. Why should xyz not do the same for the motion eye camera?
Support for those wishing to write drivers for other operating systems
can not be expected, but it is not needed. There are plenty of capable
5) The BIOS provide a mechanism to disable devices such as cameras,
fingerprint readers etc. This would allow the power consumption of such
devices to be reduced to close to zero, even if a driver for the device
is not written.