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: Comment by andih
by lucas_maximus on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 19:22 UTC 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[3]: Comment by andih
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 07:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by andih"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

If you are buying non-standard it is always going to be more expensive ... just how markets work.

I have a Bicycle with a mix of 1970s French Tech ... pretty much most components are French Standard which no longer exists (everybody used the British ISO in the end) .. getting parts were expensive because I have to buy short run production replicas (luckily not often) ... they are 2 or 3 times price of the same British ISO kit.

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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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RE[3]: Comment by andih
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 07:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by andih"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Learn 2 Paragraph

Edited 2011-09-23 07:16 UTC

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