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Old 08-29-2006, 08:30 PM   #1
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Windows intentionally kill linux partitions

I was just thinking of something. What would happen if Microsoft decided to design Windows Vista to automatically redo the boot sector on every boot. Eg, make it so that Vista overwrites Grub or Lilo everytime Windows starts up. Would that even be legal? Do you think they'd go so far as to pull that? How would the linux (and bsd and a few other) community react (besides designing a hack that fixes it within an hour of Vista's official release.) Daunting theory, huh?

Old 08-29-2006, 08:38 PM   #2
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just mho, but they would never do that. too risky writing to the boot sector all the time like that. they'd eventually cause themselves more headaches than they would to linux users, who as you say, would have a workaround pretty fast (or wouldn't even be affected b/c we don't run windows anyway ).
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...too risky writing to the boot sector all the time like that....
That assumes they care about customer satisfaction in the first place.
Old 08-29-2006, 09:07 PM   #4
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As much as a GNU/Linux user I am, I can't really see Microsoft pulling such a move. Although if it was to occur it would be fix prompty by the community.
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I would just not use Vista, lol.

I'd also like to point out that a technique like that would be completely unacceptable in the corporate sector. I know plenty of dual-booting developers, and their companies would flip at something like that.

Also, it would be to no advantage: pissing your customers off doesn't typically increase sales. If they're dual-booting, you've already got their money, right?


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