[Mageia-discuss] Stand up for your freedom to install free software - perhaps OT

Doug Laidlaw laidlaws at hotkey.net.au
Sun Jun 3 08:34:23 CEST 2012

On Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:13:01 +1000
Doug Laidlaw <laidlaws at hotkey.net.au> wrote:

> On Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:03:46 +1200
> John <john at neodoc.biz> wrote:
> > I'm not sure if others have seen this:
> > 
> > <http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement>
> > 
> > John
> > 
> The statement says that all new computers must have the Windows-only
> lock.  What about upgrades?  If I buy a computer from a Linux dealer
> and retrofit Windows 8, where do I stand?
> I am staying with XP. The dealers still prefer XP over Win7, when
> they have a choice.  When I can no longer use that, Windows goes out
> the window.
> Doug,
> Registered Linux user.
It will be like Windows' "own goal" over business users: "We have them
cornered; now we can charge what we like."  The users voted with their
feet.  They are still doing it, hence the popularity of the Mac.  When
will Microsoft learn that excellence sells more than coercion?

I know that my hardware will support Windows 7; it probably won't
support Windows 8.  Having Win 7 available may be good insurance.


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