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Old 08-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Linus Torvalds on Windows 8, UEFI, and Fedora

Article from ZDNET "Summary: Microsoft has made it so that Windows 8 approved PC can only run Windows 8. Fedora Linux has forged a way around it, but not everyone like their approach. Torvalds gives his thoughts on the issue. ... The fly in the soup is that by default only Windows 8 will run on these systems, so no Linux, no BSD, heck, no Windows XP for that matter. In incidentally following this story, it would appear that Microsoft is attempting to make it "impossible" to use Linux. Moreover, it is very disturbing that Microsoft, a software company (more or less), tell manufacturers how to configure thee computers (hardware) that the customer buys.

The bottom of the article contains links to other stories. In reading them, this issue only gets more depressing.
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I guess it should not be a big deal - it has been in offing for past about 10 years now.

Also I think there is some option to turn off trusted computing thingie ( I have been reading a lot about it)

As of now where I am - I dont see swelling market for windows.
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Also I think there is some option to turn off trusted computing thingie ( I have been reading a lot about it)
Not for ARM based devices and Window$ 8. Who knows, maybe the trend will affect other platforms in the future.
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If, in the future, you would like to dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux on an ARM laptop, netbook, whatever - your choice of hardware will be limited (or non-existent?). Count these manufacturers out: Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung.
I would be interested in an ARM laptop or netbook sometime in the future, if only as a change from the Intel/AMD duopoly. But I would not want Windows 8.

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