Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 11:11 UTC
Fedora Core "Fedora 18 will be released at around the same time as Windows 8, and as previously discussed all Windows 8 hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default. [...] We've been working on a plan for dealing with this. It's not ideal, but of all the approaches we've examined we feel that this one offers the best balance between letting users install Fedora while still permitting user freedom." Wait for it... "Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key."
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RE[2]: Ehmm...
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Ehmm..."
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So when the hardware is locked down at the lowest level firmware--the BIOS/EFI--you know, the piece of software REQUIRED for the hardware to run, that's okay? Am I understanding that correctly?

What if I would like to buy an ARM-based machine, but Microsoft, in their infinite Abusive Monopolistic Wisdom, says that I can't install anything except Windows 8? So that's somehow alright? Hint: I've wanted an ARM machine for a while now, and no, it was NEVER to be able to run Windows 8. Hell, that OS was nothing more than a nut stain in Ballmer's underwear.

And now that ARM is finally making their processors available in computer styles other than cell phones, if I want to get an ARM-based laptop, desktop or tablet computer, I not only need to pay the Windows Tax to get Windows 8 with it, but at the same time waive all of my rights to install some other--ANY other--operating system, unless I support paying yet ANOTHER tax to Microsoft? Come the fuck on. Seriously.

I was proud that when I got my Android-based cell phone late last year, its manufacturer was one of the few remaining manufacturers that did not agree to pay Microsoft for nonsensical bogus patent bullshit. Earlier this year they did. So not only is Microsoft getting money (and OS sales) on practically every PC sold, they are also getting a shitload of money by Android phone manufacturers, AND now by Linux distros that simply want to be able to run on hardware that they rightly should to begin with. It will start with ARM-based tablets, and then as a recent OSNews article said, trickle up to laptops and eventually desktops, until Microsoft owns a monopoly on ARM devices... just as they practically do x86 now.

What the fucking fuck is going on here? Fucking seriously? And you think that's alright?

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