Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows After the walled garden coming to the desktop operating system world, we're currently witnessing another potential nail in the coffin of the relatively open world of desktop and laptop computing. Microsoft has revealed [.pptx] that as part of its Windows 8 logo program, OEMs must implement UEFI secure boot. This could potentially complicate the installation of other operating systems, like Windows 7, XP, and Linux.
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by WorknMan on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:34 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

What happens if you don't buy a computer from an OEM? Like, if you just buy the parts online and put it together yourself.

And for the record, I don't believe it is government's place to tell these companies that they shouldn't be allowed to lock down these devices. However, I also don't think they should be telling consumers that we're not allowed to jailbreak them either.

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RE: So ...
by nonoitall on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 01:57 in reply to "So ..."
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2011-09-22

@WorknMan: When's the last time you built your own laptop though?

Edited 2011-09-22 01:58 UTC

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by Soulbender on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 04:24 in reply to "RE: So ..."
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2005-08-18

Plenty of stores selling laptops without EOM Windows, at least around these parts.

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by nbensa on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 12:05 in reply to "RE: So ..."
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2005-08-29

@WorknMan: When's the last time you built your own laptop though?


Six months ago. Where do you live?

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RE: So ...
by Neolander on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 07:04 in reply to "So ..."
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2010-03-08

Putting parts together doesn't work well for laptops, which are slowly becoming dominant. Also, it would restrict alternatives OSs to a geeks-only market : no more installing a lightweight linux distro on a friend's old computer which cannot run windows anymore, or using old desktops as home servers...

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by foregam on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 11:23 in reply to "RE: So ..."
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2010-11-17

I agree, but what you say will be true in the (not so) distant future: time will pass before tomorrow's Windows 8 compliant PC becomes an old computer needing a lightweight distro.
On the bright side, there's a huge investment in old/'legacy' software which people will want to run, including non-8 versions of Windows. By 'people' I mean 'people with money' — businesses, banks, public administration, the military — the kind which matters to MS. There will be a switch. I bet MS doesn't want another huge antitrust lawsuit, either. They might get away with this crap on ARM but definitely not on x86/commodity ground.

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