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Australian Linux users file formal complaint over Windows 8 booting

Sep 30, 2011, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft recently revealed it would support a PC booting protocol named the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) in Windows 8. The move was broadly seen as positive, as it will increase the security of PCs as well as doing away with the legacy limited BIOS platform which underlies operating systems like Windows and Linux on computers today.

"However, Microsoft's move immediately got sections of the open source community up in arms, as it has the potential to lock out rival operating systems from being installed on PCs from the likes of manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo — unless those manufacturers explicitly work with the Linux community to support a number of different versions of Linux.

"Unlike with Windows, there are at least hundreds of popular versions of Linux in use today — compared to just a handful of Windows versions."

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