Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 6th Dec 2012 05:26 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes With computers now shipping with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, users of any OS other than Windows 8 will want to know how to circumvent it. Jesse Smith of DistroWatch tells how he did it here. The Linux Foundation describes its approach here. If you want to boot an OS other than Windows 8, you'll want to figure this out before you buy that new computer.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by jessesmith on Thu 6th Dec 2012 13:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
jessesmith
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2010-03-11

I looked at a bunch of Linux cert and Linux pre-installed options recently. They were all quite a bit more expensive than buying a computer with Windows and wiping the drive. Ranging in price difference from 50% up to 300%. With the price factor so much against Linux it's much more appealing for most consumers to simply pay the MS tax.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Thu 6th Dec 2012 20:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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2007-11-23

As you've already mentioned, regular user pays "MS tax" [or Apple tax] anyway. Isn't it better to pay this tax as an extra cost of the hardware? OS is free [as in cost] anyway, so you don't really loose that much. In fact, you gain freedom, independence, etc.
I think it's worth the game. Besides: we don't buy computers THAT often. And we don't HAVE TO buy them that often - FLOSS doesn't make you upgrade everytime there's new version of some software package.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by zima on Thu 13th Dec 2012 23:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

we don't buy computers THAT often. And we don't HAVE TO buy them that often - FLOSS doesn't make you upgrade everytime there's new version of some software package.

That's not really the case, FLOSS also participates in update treadmill, you're expected to run the latest versions (which might not work that well on old hardware).

Firefox even requires more powerful GPUs (for GPGPU use) on Linux than on Windows, for the same effect. Driver situation doesn't help...

Meanwhile Opera (closed software) is lighter, better suited for really old computers. Opera Mini gives good web access to millions of basic feature phones - while Mozilla said, after two abortive attempts, ~"we'll wait for better hardware"

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