Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Linux "Red Hat, Canonical and the Linux Foundation have laid out a set of recommendations for hardware vendors in hopes of preserving the ability to install Linux on Windows 8 machines. Windows 8 machines should ship in a setup mode giving users more control right off the bat, the groups argue." Group hug-cheer combo for Red Hat, Canonical, and the Linux Foundation please.
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Microsoft Tries This Every Few Years
by benali72 on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 13:52 UTC
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Microsoft has tried to implement a lock-down like this every few years. Past attempts include: Palladium, NGSCB (Next Generation Secure Computing Base), TPM (Trusted Platform Module), and Trustworthy Computing.

The question is whether the computer industry will fight back successfully against this effort as it has against past efforts.

My guess is Yes. While the OEM's are under Microsoft's monopolistic thumb, it is so important to them to keep their options open for alternative sales that they will risk Microsoft's ire and keep their systems open through a BIOS switch. (Of course users will have to be sophisticated enough to go into the config panels to change it...)

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