Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 19:34 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Hardware, Embedded Systems A big issue right now in the world of operating systems - especially Linux - is Microsoft's requirement that all Windows 8 machines ship with UEFI's secure boot enabled, with no requirement that OEMs implement it so users can turn it off. This has caused some concern in the Linux world, and considering Microsoft's past and current business practices and the incompetence of OEMs, that's not unwarranted. CNet's Ed Bott decided to pose the issue to OEMs. Dell stated is has plans to include the option to turn secure boot off, while HP was a bit more vague about the issue.
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I think it comes down to that you don't want to pay money for stuff and you are cheap.

I think it comes down to that you want me to pay money to Microsoft even though I don't use their stuff.

In what possible universe is it sensible to pay twice as much as one has to, for any reason whatsoever? This question is especially pertinent when the better hardware/software combination is the one that is half the price.

Under what strange morailty is it a bad thing if people collaborate together to make a less expensive alternative available to everybody?

In what possible way is it a good thing for the Australian people, Australian business and the Australian economy to have a half-price alternative option to Microsoft made unavailable to them?

Do you have shares in Microsoft?

Edited 2011-11-04 01:06 UTC

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