Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 6th Dec 2012 05:26 UTC
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 mistersoft on Sat 8th Dec 2012 04:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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no personal offence but that argument's Bull really

-As has been already pointed out, not only is the market for os-free or alternative-os-certified machines relatively small to begin with, but it's artificially further deflated by the current de facto 'choice' (esp with laptops) alt-os lovers make which is to buy windows, sometimes os x machines wipe the pre-installed os and go from there.

It's disingenous to suggest the alternative and preferable scenario you suggest of such purchasers holding out for certified or even specifically designed linux bsd haiku whatever- products. Because we all know they probably wouldn't never even have 'good android'/google/microsoft, let alone Apple level of fit and finish. and that's just the truth.

One day -if there's anything fair and truthful to our competition laws, there needs to be some legislative forced opening up of hardware or hardware-software lock-ins, from secure boot setups be they UEFI or locked mobile boot-loaders to the walled garden APP-o-spheres currently in vogue.

So everyone and anyone has the chance to 'run what they want' on a device that they 'own'. We might 'license' the software but we 'own' the hardware (even if we don't have right to reimplement it of course)

That's that. That's the fair end game - which is possible if people collectively give a shit.

Forced provision of open boot loaders is more likely than people really effecting change by 'voting with their wallets' - that never works! it's like boycotts, if a reasonable % don't care, which they never will, it's not a boycott. If people have some low rent but extant options for running their alt-os of choice, well they'll probably plump for that rather than the X million linux users in the world all coming together in a huge crowd-funding campaign and literally BUYING the rights to one of those we'll-never-release-the-source-code-from-our-cold-dead-grasp and putting together a really good /decent totally open source laptop and tablet pair ; would be ace, but it's dreaming.

edit - spelling

Edited 2012-12-08 04:47 UTC

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