Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:15 UTC
Microsoft Big and surprising news this morning. Some considered him the crown prince of the Microsoft empire, slated to take over after Ballmer's eventual departure, but this morning, Steven Sinofsky announced his resignation from Microsoft. His role will be taken over by Julie-Larson Green. Persistent sources indicate that we're looking at a Forstall-esque situation; Sinofsky was, supposedly, not a good team player.
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RE: Lawsuits Starting
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 15th Nov 2012 09:00 UTC in reply to "Lawsuits Starting"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

The worst thing is, the way things are right now, if you did not like Windows 8/RT and would like to install something else to reclaim your disk capacity... you're technically forbidden by Microsoft from doing so, and Secure Boot is there to make sure that doesn't change without money going Microsoft's way.

BUT... in this case, Microsoft is supplying not only the OS but also the hardware itself (Apple-style), so in this case it is somewhat understandable. Just avoid Microsoft (and Apple) hardware, and hope that some companies either produce Windows RT tablets but do not go for Windows certification, or simply choose to provide Linux and/or BSD variants (which would have no requirement for this supposed "Trusted Computing" bullshit).

Edited 2012-11-15 09:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Lawsuits Starting
by Soulbender on Fri 16th Nov 2012 04:56 in reply to "RE: Lawsuits Starting"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

you're technically forbidden by Microsoft from doing so, and Secure Boot is there to make sure that doesn't change without money going Microsoft's way.



Microsoft can not forbid you from doing anything on a device that you own. Make it difficult, sure, but they have no legal way of stopping you from doing it.

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RE[3]: Lawsuits Starting
by cdude on Fri 16th Nov 2012 16:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Lawsuits Starting"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Its the other way around. Microsoft and others have and use technological ways to close the hardware and we, customers, have NO LEGAL way to claim our BOUGHT hardware back. The smash your property with a huge hammer the moment you try to use it for something they don't like you to use it for. This is not your property otherwise such behavior would be illegal.

Edited 2012-11-16 16:45 UTC

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RE[3]: Lawsuits Starting
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 17th Nov 2012 07:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Lawsuits Starting"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Microsoft can not forbid you from doing anything on a device that you own. Make it difficult, sure, but they have no legal way of stopping you from doing it.

Technically forbidden. Read that wording again. It is 100% accurate; Microsoft has made technical measures that cannot be bypassed and in the process have forbidden you from installing any other operating system.

Hey, I wonder if they've morphed the DMCA in such a way as to somehow make cracking the EFI trusted computing master keys to run whatever you want illegal yet? If not, it will probably eventually happen. Just give it time.

We've already reached the technical stage. The legal stage and the enforcement that comes with it will probably be coming next.

Edited 2012-11-17 07:36 UTC

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RE[2]: Lawsuits Starting
by zima on Fri 16th Nov 2012 08:41 in reply to "RE: Lawsuits Starting"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux and/or BSD variants

BSD? Are there any projects for ~mobile/touch on top of BSD? (apart from iOS, kinda, but I'm sure you didn't mean this one)

Edited 2012-11-16 08:41 UTC

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