Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th May 2013 09:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "NeXT Computer (the original 68030 cube) was a high end workstation that was manufactured between 1988 - 1990. Back then it was a very expensive machine as a complete system would start at $6500 (in 1988 dollars). The machine is a 1 foot cube magnesium case that houses the computer. At the time, its performance was impressive, with a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a screaming 25Mhz, a dedicated floating point CPU, and a digital signal processor built into the system. NeXT cubes featured a magneto-optical drive that stored a whopping 256 Megabytes (by comparison, high end Mac systems at the time might have featured a 20 Megabyte hard drive.) In its day, this was the "Ferrari" of desktop systems!" No new information for the average OSNews reader, but lots of beautiful photos for a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
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RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep
by GraphiteCube on Sat 4th May 2013 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I miss NeXTstep"
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I've been exclusively a Linux user for over ten years now and switched because of Microsoft's corporate policies and anti-competitive practices. Don't try to say with a straight face that Windows 8 doesn't affect those who don't use nor want it.

All new PC shipping with Windows 8 have UEFI and secureboot enabled by default. Different providers locate the secure boot kill-switch, if there is one, in different places and under different names in the scarily complex and dangerous UEFI control panel. Disabling secureboot cannot be done from within the operating system. Some OEM's try to obscure the killswitch so that some users can't find it. For example, on ASUS laptops it is not called 'Secure Boot' at all, but 'Legacy Mode', giving the impression that you are using something outdated and insecure. This arduous process makes it either difficult (or impossible in some cases) to install another OS. Those alternative OSs that have managed to install on these systems do so with custom bootloaders and either self-made or other special keys signed by Microsoft. How Microsoft got away with this from a legal standpoint is ridiculous.

Thankfully I can build my own systems so I can choose fully featured motherboards and avoid the hassle of secureboot myself. Unfortunately recent Linux converts, perhaps those who are trying to escape Windows 8, may not have the skills to bypass secureboot or the machine might be hindered in such a way that it can't be turned off at all. This is how Windows 8 is affecting people who otherwise wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole and this is why those people lash out and bash Windows 8 every single chance they get!

If someone is going to install and manage an operating systems on his own, he should have enough knowledge and spend enough time to read the hardware and software manual. If they do spend time to read the manual and they should know that there is a switch to disable Secure Boot.

If someone is just trying to install an operating systems or even a piece of software without knowing why he want to do it and how to do it in proper way, he shouldn't do it at first.

Edited 2013-05-04 18:40 UTC

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