Toshiba has found itself in the middle of the latest subculture rebellion against Microsoft's domination of the software industry.
On an Australia-based Web site, a man claims he won a months-long battle to receive a $110 refund from Toshiba for returning the unused and unwanted Windows operating system that was packaged with the laptop computer he purchased.
Representatives of Irvine-based Toshiba America Information Systems said they have not been able to confirm the account but that it is the company's policy not to accept returns of software that come bundled on its computers. The company, like most computer companies, does not offer personal computers without Windows.
The account, found at http://www.netcraft.com.au/geoffrey/toshiba.html, has sparked a movement among computer users who favor other operating systems to ask computer manufacturers for refunds for not using Windows when they prefer an alternative software such as Linux or OS/2.