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[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 19:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

> Basically a lot of Laptops and Desktops would not be
> as cheap if they didn't have a Windows License

Completely the opposite. Hardware would be cheaper if not Windows tax.

> If you want to install whatever just do so ... you aren't losing anything.

Except the price of Windows which in general is above $100 in US.

> I am pretty sure Dell get Windows Licenses for like $4 or something

You can't be sure of something Dell never revealed to the public. Indirect methods indicate amounts much bigger than $4 as practice shows.

> I think a lot of people have to get real IMO.

Yes, to be real is to be against monopoly of crooks which MS are.

> Either uninstall it ... which isn't hard.

Microsoft wants to prevent you even from this now with this secured boot nonsense.

Edited 2011-09-22 19:28 UTC

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