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11.22.12

Vista 8 Endorsements Are Fake, Microsoft Decided to Break Rather Than Make

Posted in Vista 8, Windows at 7:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The multi-billion-dollar astroturf campaign for Vista 8 and Microsoft’s UEFI-encumbered hardware are both failing, but for new hardware with UEFI there are still issues

Oprah is doing it again, offering fake endorsements for Microsoft, this time because Vista 8 is out. It is not just a fake endorsement because it is paid for; Oprah does not even use Vista 8.

Mr, Pogson and others say that Vista 8 might not get much love in the German public sector because hardware with UEFI is a no-go area based on the rules. To put it crudely:

As M$ insists OEMs ship UEFI “Secure Boot” enabled, the German government seemingly intends to ban M$’s OS from now on. That’s great. Trusting M$ with any IT is insane.

Sam Varghese, who has been actively against UEFI, shows how to install Vista 8 without UEFI while noting:

At the gates of Microsoft, there are numerous competing Windows versions now almost falling over each other as they strive for marketshare.

The Windows franchise is dying, so Microsoft plays hardball with hardware keys. As Sam Dean put it:

Linux users who have tracked each step in the endless saga surrounding the Windows 8 UEFI Secure Boot scheme may be disappointed to hear that a promised workaround is delayed. Last year, in the post “Will Windows 8 Lock Linux Out of PCs?,” I discussed a Microsoft methodology for ultra-fast booting of Windows 8 PC through a specification called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Linux users cried foul over it, because UEFI makes it technically possible for a hardware manufacturer to deliver a Windows 8 machine that won’t boot an alternative operating system.

Finally, The Linux Foundation came up with a plan “to enable Linux (and indeed all Open Source based distributions) to continue operating as Secure Boot enabled systems roll out.” We covered plans for the workaround here, but now it is confirmed that it will be delayed.

In other words, Linux is being excluded. Just what Microsoft needed ahead of Christmas. Today in Birmingham I went to the Apple Store (inquiring about a gift for a friend who insisted on it) and it was flooded; it sure seems like Vista 8 has driven many people to alternatives. Let’s make sure that disgruntled Windows users choose to install GNU/Linux rather than buy Apple-branded PCs.

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7 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    November 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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    Not only does Oprah not use Vista 8, *nobody* does. There is no such product.

    You cannot even get *this* right. Amazing.

  2. mcinsand said,

    November 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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    Slowly, but at an increasing pace, the general public is starting to wake up to see how much Applesoft (and they are two heads of the same monster) hate and fear both freedom and choice. Not only that, but our legal system is also starting to wake up. Their time has come and is on the way out.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Apple will, IMHO, take longer to die. It has cash reserves, Microsoft has debt.

    Michael Reply:

    So MS will be dead in, what, a year? LOL!

    Michael Reply:

    What choices has Apple taken away from… well… *anyone*?

    Your comments make no sense.

  3. mcinsand said,

    November 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

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    I feel certain that Apple won’t die completely. There will always be a few well-heeled lemmings eager to give up freedom and choice in exchange for the shiny marketing.

    Michael Reply:

    I find it amazing when the Stallman cult-like group is so lost on why Apple’s products rate so well in satisfaction surveys they insist it is because others are as cult-like as they are.

    Quite amusing, really.

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