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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Comment by andih
by andih on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 18:18 UTC
andih
Member since:
2010-03-27

We gotta fight for our freedom, cause if not we will lose it seems.. Gov. and the big companies would definitely want us with no other choice than their products and their ways of doing things..

Stallman is not as crazy as it seems I believe..

Thank you Thom for writing about these things.

I go for danger + freedom instead of safe slavery any day.

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RE: Comment by andih
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 19:22 in reply to "Comment by andih"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

OH FFS,

It is only on Machines that are Windows 8 Certified ... why would one buy a computer if one intends to run Linux/OpenBSD/Haiku etc .. if it is certified only for Windows?

I have a computer that has a WEI of 6.7 ... that has a BIOS ... do you really think I can't boot Windows 8 on the same machine, Or Microsoft won't sell me a version of Windows 8 I can use?

The article on OSNEWS by Thom is reactionary to get you guys to panic ... you do it so predictably it is almost sad.

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RE[2]: Comment by andih
by nonoitall on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 20:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by andih"
nonoitall Member since:
2011-09-22

OH FFS,

It is only on Machines that are Windows 8 Certified ... why would one buy a computer if one intends to run Linux/OpenBSD/Haiku etc .. if it is certified only for Windows?

Find an economical laptop that does not have the Windows logo?

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RE[2]: Comment by andih
by J. M. on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 23:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by andih"
J. M. Member since:
2005-07-24

why would one buy a computer if one intends to run Linux/OpenBSD/Haiku etc .. if it is certified only for Windows?

First, there are places and market segments where people cannot buy hardware that's not Windows certified. Second, hardly anyone knows for sure what OS they will intend to run on their computer during its lifetime. The vast majority of Linux users tried and installed Linux on their Windows PC first (for many reasons, like when the hardware gets too old for new Windows, when they have problems with the Windows OS and some experienced user installs Linux for them, or simply because they want to try another OS). Even if people buy a Windows PC, they may want to change the OS later. It happens too often, so now with this move, Microsoft makes sure people will dismiss that dangerous (dangerous to Microsoft) thought, especially when Windows 8 with its dual interface is so controversial yet critical to their success in the future, with the emerging competition, so they need to make sure people will get stuck with them whether they like their new OS or not.

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