I found a lot of people with my very same complaint. I also found out it’s not just HP, but that Epson, Lexmark, and perhaps others are doing the same thing. They’re putting smart chips in their cartridges. This makes it harder for users to refill the cartridges. It also assures that even refilled cartridges will have to be replaced much sooner than they actually wear out.
I use Windows and Linux every day. They’re both competent operating systems, each with reasonable applications and windowing systems. I find myself more productive on a Linux system, though, because of a few very simple differences.