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Microsoft to stop Linux, older Windows, from running on Windows 8 PCs?
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September 25, 2011
2:04 PM
Jyo
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Will Microsoft really stoop to this level? It's probably all speculation at this point, but the fact that they could do this if they wanted to is really bad. I will have lost all my respect for Microsoft if they do this.

 

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/microsoft-to-stop-linux-older-windows-from-running-on-windows-8-pcs/9589

September 25, 2011
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No, they can't. Why? Anti-trust laws.

September 27, 2011
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I hope not. According to the article, it seems they can indirectly do this through the SecureBoot technology. I don't know if this still infringes the Anti-trust laws, but I doubt they're gonna make it obvious. They might try to use some cheap marketing trick like the SecureBoot to pressure manufacturers into making it hard to install other OS's. Then again, this is all speculation.

September 28, 2011
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My guess is any sort of boot restriction will have to be able to be turned off. Otherwise they will get their arses sued off.

September 30, 2011
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According to this, it's all going to be OK, no problem, Microsoft are benevolent:

http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2011/09/uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-8-explained-the-customer-is-still-in-control/

And I still believe in the "tooth fairy".  Wink

Anyway, there's a whole army of "brains" out there who won't let MS get away with this any more than they allow Apple to get away with "locked" IOS.

Vote for freedom of choice for all techies!  Yell

Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot are fools and those who dare not are slaves.

September 30, 2011
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jayesstee said:

And I still believe in the "tooth fairy".  Wink

Kind of off-topic, but I was watching a movie called Red Dragon yesterday on Netflix (movie was too slow -- I didn't finish it, quit about halfway in) where a psychopath was dubbed the "tooth fairy". Talk about deja vu when I read your post. xD

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