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[10]: Comment by shmerl
by nonoitall on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 08:02 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by shmerl"
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Why are you buying something that says "Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Certified" if you have have no intention of using Windows ... WHY??

Because it's cheaper. Just as an example: I can get an entry level laptop on Newegg for $330 USD. It has a 2 GHz dual-core Sandy Bridge-based Pentium CPU, 2GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Can you tell me where I might find a Linux or sans-OS laptop of equivalent specs for the same price? (It actually should be cheaper since no Windows license would be included.)

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