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OSNews, Generic OSes With computers now shipping with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, users of any OS other than Windows 8 will want to know how to circumvent it. Jesse Smith of DistroWatch tells how he did it here. The Linux Foundation describes its approach here. If you want to boot an OS other than Windows 8, you'll want to figure this out before you buy that new computer.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by Doc Pain on Thu 6th Dec 2012 14:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
Doc Pain
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Just don't buy computers that don't work with your OS of choice or wasn't even designed to work with it.
Apple users buy Apple hardware. Microsoft wants you to buy Microsoft hardware. If you're using GNU/Linux or *BSD, Haiku OS, just buy hardware certified for GNU/Linux.


There will be a problem: If you divide the hardware into Apple / MICROS~1 / GNU/Linux -- three parts! -- you do not take into account that there are several other operating systems that would usually run on general purpose computers. Even though you could argue that "certified for GNU/Linux" means that the hardware will be compatible with BSD, Haiku or other "niche operating systems", they are not explicitely mentioned. Certification might also add costs that those who provide (let's say) an educational OS for free cannot bear.

So if there is a 3 part division, why not use this: Apple / MICROS~1 / standard, where "standard" means that the hardware will not be limited in any way, so the chances that a non-Apple and non-"Windows" OS will be able to utilize it properly will be high.

Just imagine the trouble that prior to purchasing a new computer, be it a desktop, laptop, server, whatever, you'd have to research compatibility to a specific operating system, maybe even one of its distributions or flavours, or version number. That simply looks overcomplicated.

Of course in a consumer-oriented marketing and sales approach, that would look reasonable. People value their time, and if a somehow crippled "Windows" PC is sold cheaper (and free of initial trouble) than "competitors" like one that could possibly run Linux, then what will the customer deceide for? Especially when he doesn't know and doesn't care?

On the other hand, there might be a market developing for the growing amount of Linux users. If more people insist on being able to run the OS they choose on the hardware they're willing to pay money for, maybe manufacuters will also offer non-crippled computers (means: normal general purpose computers without artificial limitations) to obtain money from that specific market segment (with the potential of growth).

That way you will:
- show your disagreement to the practices of MS


Sadly, that means it's not possible to simply ignore them...

- save quite some cash


Except when there's subvention from MICROS~1 to make the "Windows" versions cheaper than the non-"Windows" version, or they charge some kind of licensing fees or royalties for patent use of the non-"Windows" (as they have done in the smartphone market, making more money through the competitor's sales than their own ones).

- get perfect hardware support, things will just run


This is as it should always be. Standard compliance is an important step. Free specs for devices is even better. But of course every manufacturer is free to not publish his secrets. It's also okay when one says: "No, I don't want you to use this printer with Linux."

- invest in [your own/others'] freedom, openness and independence [open hardware is getting more popular]
[...]
- give yourself future option [you'll have more FLOSS-compatible hardware vendors as a result of your choice]


This is very important, but won't be noticed by the masses who don't care.

Of course, you can also do nothing, buy random crap and keep whining it doesn't support your OS. But you are the one who made that choice. Be wise, vote with your wallet.


In a free market, with participants thinking prior to buying, that would be the default. With enough momentum, things would change. But I sadly don't see this happening. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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