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Old 03-26-2009, 01:51 AM   #1
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LXer: Tux Fleets of USB Keys to Boldly Go Where No Windows Has Gone Before

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A few months ago, we made a legislative attempt (zh_TW) to ask Taiwanese government in their procurement plans to prioritize machines supporting 0-keypress usb-key booting. It was not about forcing the government officials to use Linux on usb keys. It was not about forcing them to use Linux at all. It was a humble request that there be a way to set up the BIOS so that usb keys can be the first boot device without user intervention just like cdroms or floppies have always been, that these machines have a useful second life as donations to remote villages when they finish their services in the government. Microsoft adamantly objected (zh_TW), giving misleading arguments that distort the truth. Our attempt failed, but it revealed that MS is really afraid of usb-booting.



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