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[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by phoudoin on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 13:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
phoudoin
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Arguably, if something is indeed "Designed for Windows 8", it is reasonable to expect that it can't run anything but Windows 8.


Nope.
You'll be right if the logo says "Designed exclusively for Windows 8".

But it's not. And, though, one can expect it could run *something else*, too.
The exclusive semantic is what's matter here.
And consumer should be able to know it's not a versatile computer but a Windows 8 only computer he's buying. And it should know it *before* doing it.

Otherwise, there's valid legal ground to sue the seller whose hide you it was not a Personal *Computer* but a *Windows 8 device*.

Considering prior tracks of personal computers sales, consumer is legitimate to think that any device sold under this product family "name" is a versatile computer, not a lock-down computing device.

Edited 2011-09-22 13:48 UTC

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