Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Apr 2006 21:19 UTC
Windows Security features introduced in Windows Vista will make setting up PCs to boot in either Linux or Windows far more difficult, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. Vista is due to feature hardware-based encryption, called BitLocker Drive Encryption, which acts as a repository to protect sensitive data in the event of a PC being either lost or stolen. This encryption technology also has the effect of frustrating the exchange of data needed in a dual boot system.
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double standards
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 27th Apr 2006 21:36 UTC
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You can probably turn it off, so who cares. Apple has FileVault which does the same, and I've never heard a single complaint about it.

Double standards, as usual. It's so hypocrit.

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RE: double standards
by archiesteel on Thu 27th Apr 2006 21:54 in reply to "double standards"
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Double standards from whom? The article you linked to, or the posters? Double standards between what and what?

Thom, you should be careful not to sound too aggressive in your replies. Maybe it's the language barrier, but as an editor you should still display a certain amount of decorum.

That said, it's quite normal to have double standards towards Microsoft. Being a monopoly, they are already subjected to different laws and standards. If the IT industry was a level playing field, then double standards would be bad, but as it is, they're perfectly acceptable.

Edited 2006-04-27 21:57

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RE[2]: double standards
by JacobMunoz on Fri 28th Apr 2006 05:36 in reply to "RE: double standards"
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Good call.

And aside from YellowDog Linux, NetBSD, and a very old BeOS, what few other OS's even bother with PowerPC Apples?

Apple has always been an exception (maybe not now with the IntelMacs). So few Apple users dual-boot (until the recent bootcamp, at least) that sharing partitions wasn't much of an issue.

The PC, on the other hand, by it's very nature - is generally built on open standards that promote interoperability. Until the recent Intel/Microsoft fiascos involving harware-based platform checking, PCs were meant to be multi-bootable. There's many different bootloaders, hard disk partitioning up-the-whazoo, and lots of little details that IBM built into the original PC design that make it ideal for many OSes. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't want ANY competition on their hardware (until bootcamp, of course) - and this is mostly the result of constant nagging for Windows compatability, not PC compatability.

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RE: double standards
by dusanyu on Thu 27th Apr 2006 23:54 in reply to "double standards"
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FileVault is not enabled by default

and it could be agued that the Mac is not suposed to be "Open hardware" like PC clones are when one buys a Mac one has to play apple's way

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