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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MS is desperate
by unclefester on Tue 1st Nov 2011 11:38 UTC
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MS isn't worried about a few enthusiasts installing Linux. They are worried about hundreds of millions of computers in developing countries running Linux over the next few years.

The secure boot feature is intended to a) stop Dell, HP etc selling Linux machines by withholding Windows 8 certification and b) stop the post-sales installation of pirated copies of Windows.

Russia has already decreed that all government PCs will be running Linux by 2013.

The Indian state of Kerala has switched to a customised Debian Linux in high schools and government offices.

China will purchase 72 million computers this year and surpass US sales within a year. Dell has just announced that their 220 stores in China are selling PCs preloaded with Ubuntu to consumers.

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