I've seen a lot of stupid ideas float past, but this one from the EU's Globalization Institute makes it into the top 5 - only the existence of the RIAA and the MPAA prevent a complete victory for these morons:
Microsoft has had plenty of trouble with the European Union in recent days and now, if the Globalization Institute think tank has anything to say about it, PCs sold within the EU will be sold without an operating system.
The think tank recommended to the EU that all computers be sold without an operating system and sees no reason "why computer operating systems could not follow the same model as computer hard drives and processors."
Yes, installing an OS from scratch is exactly what most buyers long to do - it's such a productive use of their time. Imagine the fun dialog at home after this policy is enacted:
"Dad, I need to do my homework"
"Sorry son, but it looks like I have to download another 20 drivers first..."
Maybe next they'll recommend a return to "do it yourself" auto kits.