Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Linux "Red Hat, Canonical and the Linux Foundation have laid out a set of recommendations for hardware vendors in hopes of preserving the ability to install Linux on Windows 8 machines. Windows 8 machines should ship in a setup mode giving users more control right off the bat, the groups argue." Group hug-cheer combo for Red Hat, Canonical, and the Linux Foundation please.
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by ilovebeer on Mon 31st Oct 2011 16:35 UTC
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First of all there is no such thing as a right to dual-boot. Far too often people think they have rights that don't actually exist. This is one of those cases. Sorry, the law is not on your side.

Further, it's childish that people are pissing themselves over the _idea_ that they may not be able to install something other than Windows 8 on a system that is "designed for Windows 8". It's not as if barebones systems and pc parts are going to magically vanish off the face of the earth the moment the first Windows 8 system goes on sale. Stop ignoring the _fact_ that users currently and will continue to have options. There is _nothing_ monopolistic happening here.

Additionally, if you insist on thinking the sky is falling, you should be addressing your panic towards those who agree to the terms Microsoft has put forth, not Microsoft themselves as they're not doing anything wrong and may certainly protect their interests by any means within the law.

This is not the best analogy but it still serves the purpose... Those of you scared that you _might not_ be able to installed anything other than Windows 8 on a "designed for Windows 8" system is similar to being scared that you may not be able to diesel fuel in a car "designed for unleaded gasoline".

Assuming the reality will be that only Windows 8 may be installed on these systems, you understand that you're buying a product with an intended design and purpose....and then crapping yourself because you can't use it in a way other than it's designed for. I suppose you're also mad at the fact your car doesn't fly.

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