My request for an e-petition has been approved and just gone live here.
The text is as follows:-
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to force computer retailers to un-bundle software from hardware.
When you buy a computer you need to load it with an operating system and other programs (usually from Microsoft). Having these come with the unit is great for some people, but also acts as a “tax” to others who may want to use their own software (e.g. Linux). At the moment retailers keep details of the bundling and pricing very secret and in most cases will not even sell a computer without a load of bundled software. If they were forced to be more open, and sell or at least price the software separately, the market would be much fairer.
I got 60 signatures. Thanks to all who signed up, but not enough I think. Keep paying the tax then . . . . .