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.