Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th May 2013 09:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "NeXT Computer (the original 68030 cube) was a high end workstation that was manufactured between 1988 - 1990. Back then it was a very expensive machine as a complete system would start at $6500 (in 1988 dollars). The machine is a 1 foot cube magnesium case that houses the computer. At the time, its performance was impressive, with a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a screaming 25Mhz, a dedicated floating point CPU, and a digital signal processor built into the system. NeXT cubes featured a magneto-optical drive that stored a whopping 256 Megabytes (by comparison, high end Mac systems at the time might have featured a 20 Megabyte hard drive.) In its day, this was the "Ferrari" of desktop systems!" No new information for the average OSNews reader, but lots of beautiful photos for a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
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RE[5]: I miss NeXTstep
by cmost on Sun 5th May 2013 14:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep"
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I'm typing this on a new desktop that I bought ten days ago. It came with Windows 8 (64 bit) pre-installed. It doesnt' have secure boot.

Whether or not it was enabled by default is largely a non-issue for me since I run Linux within a VM anyway, but to claim that it's enabled by default on all x86-64 machines is patently false.

I cannot speak to your specific desktop because you didn't mention the model or OEM. But, with the release of Windows 8 in October 2012, Microsoft's certification requirements now require that computers include firmware that implements the UEFI specification. Furthermore, if the computer supports the "Connected Standby" feature of Windows 8, then the firmware is not permitted to contain a Compatibility Support Module (CSM). As such, systems that support Connected Standby are incapable of booting Legacy BIOS operating systems. Microsoft also requires that new computers certified to run its Windows 8 operating system ship with secure boot enabled using a Microsoft private key. Those are the facts my friend.

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