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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RE[3]: Option to Disable
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 09:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Option to Disable"
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And they had an anti-trust ruling against it.

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RE[4]: Option to Disable
by bert64 on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 11:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Option to Disable"
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A ruling which took years, during which time they continued doing damage... By the time the ruling came about there were further delays while they negotiated the punishment (which is stupid btw, punishment should simply be assigned and they have to accept it, no negotiation).

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RE[5]: Option to Disable
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 12:53 in reply to "RE[4]: Option to Disable"
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Punishment negotiation is normal even for Criminal Law,

Luckily I don't live in draconian countries where things are decided willy nilly.

And they were still punished ...

If you guys don't like it I suggest that you actually contact your representatives, rather than inform me (who can't do anything about) that you don't think it was insufficient.

Also IE didn't actually need to bundle IE4 to destroy netscape ...
1 million downloads of IE4 in 4 days (3rd October 1997 is a Friday, the article says the release was on the previous Tuesday).

The EU also made them produce a version of Windows XP that didn't bundle Media player (that nobody purchased) and the browser screen ballot screen, that Opera cried and screamed about to get the IE symbol removed and hardly anyone outside of Germany use Opera.


Secure boot is going to have to be optional because there are still lots of PCs capable of running Windows 8 that are still using BIOS. So I am pretty sure dual booting will still be an option in the future.

Also why would people buy a Windows 8 Certified machine to run Linux/OpenBSD/Android etc. on it? Sounds a bit silly to me.

Also what is there to stop someone booting linux using the Windows Bootloader (which I have done since Win2k)?

Edited 2011-09-22 13:09 UTC

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