Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows After the walled garden coming to the desktop operating system world, we're currently witnessing another potential nail in the coffin of the relatively open world of desktop and laptop computing. Microsoft has revealed [.pptx] that as part of its Windows 8 logo program, OEMs must implement UEFI secure boot. This could potentially complicate the installation of other operating systems, like Windows 7, XP, and Linux.
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RE: Comment by ronaldst
by Tony Swash on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 10:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by ronaldst"
Tony Swash
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"I have a hard time believing the combined power of Apple and Microsoft - both strong supporters of these kinds of anti-user features"

Can't tell if trolling... Anti-user? That doesn't even compute.


I think what is meant is 'anti-a users just like me'.

I don't know much or care much about UEFI secure boot in Windows 8 and clearly it's possible to facilitate the installation of alternative operating systems via UEFI as Apple did with the Mac but 'anti-user'?

It's worth remembering that 99% of users want stuff that works out of the box, they don't want to be system integrators, they don't want to tinker, they don't want to figure out how everything works. They just want computers that work, that don't fuck up and that let them get on and do stuff.

It's like cars. Most normal people want cars so they can drive about and do stuff, stuff not to do with cars but normal stuff. A very small minority of people actually like to tinker with cars, they don't want cars just to drive about, they want to play around with their inner workings. So if a car company came out with a new car and said 'our new design is proved to be 10 times more reliable than current car designs but it involves sealing the engine compartment so you cannot get at the engine with seeing a professional mechanic' consumers would lap it up. And they would be right to lap it up as it would meet their needs better.

Consumers that want computers and devices to just work and don't want to tinker with them are not stupid, they are clever. They are clever because they have correctly identified their needs and correctly identified what they are not interested in. Who needs to know how a phone works to want to gossip on the phone or make the next world changing deal on a phone? The requirement to know how a technology works in order to use it is a sign of an immature technology. Progress means taking away that work overhead so you can use technology to just do all the other stuff that makes up human culture.

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