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 andih
by nonoitall on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by andih"
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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"
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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[4]: Comment by andih
by dsmogor on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 10:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by andih"
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That's the point. Standards are indended to open up opportunities not the other way around.
As with Win8 certified computers for linux think about:

1. your gf sick with windows on her Laptop wanting some alternative
2. old computers getting linux treatment to extend their life
3. old computers used as thin terminals
4. specialized distros (router, music) booted from a CD.
5. a company offering android for dissadisfied user of win8 tablets (that's esp. problematic as changing anything in bios would be a no-go for end-users)

I could go on and on.

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