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[4]: Comment by shmerl
by Soulbender on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
Soulbender
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Many OEMs have said that their hardware is as cheap as it is because of the bundled software and the fact that Microsoft gives them OEM discounts.


Unless MS actually *pay* them that will still add to the cost. A discounted price is still a cost, it doesn't reduce the cost of your manufacturing and assembly process.
Bundled software could help reducing the price somewhat but then again, I see plenty of cheap hardware that comes with no OS and consequently no bundled apps.

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