Did you ever fully configer Ubuntu or any other major Linux distro and do serious work with it. I am running Ubuntu since 3 years and still have to do many things via Terminal (command line). And let me tell you, the windows cmd is a piece of cake compared to Terminal. It is fun, but not very practical.
Yeah, I keep a bootable copy of Puppy on a stick. Use that to recover files for friends that sacked their systems.
I've used Ubuntu, Dream Linux, Puppy Linux and others, I find them quite good. I still boot into Linux on my Netbook and even on my main computer from time to time.
I would like to say I love it, but I don't, its just not Windows.
But if Microsoft fails, it looks like I'll be liking it a lot more.
I can't see Microsoft failing with Windows 8. I think your being a bit too pessimistic in your viewpoint regarding Microsoft's future. The predictions are that Microsoft will sell more than a billion Windows licenses over the next three years. That does not sound like a company that is about to go down the tubes or stop manufacturing the Windows OS.
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In the future though, you may not even be able to dual boot your PC anymore into Linux thanks to the new UEFI BIOS's that are starting to come out. You might want to read this article regarding the negatives of UEFI in Windows 8.
Why the Windows 8 UEFI secure boot thing has me worried
"Windows 8 Unified Extensible Firmware Interface secure boot requirement doesn't portend the arrival of the Four Horsemen, but it does suggest they're logged onto Expedia and are planning the trip."
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And you think company like Asus will not give the opportunity to their customers to disable this function in the BIOS? Wait to see the US and some European country step in a antitrust action against Microsoft if so. Anyway Microsoft is already stepping back on it. Actually in some European country have express concern about the fact that the US government can use the patriot act to put their nose on Microsoft servers ( like for Office 365) locate outside US.
"The operative phrase in all of this is "secure boot enabled". The obvious answer is "turn off secure boot". This would then mean that you could wipe the machine and install Linux or anything else that you fancied to install.
Two points for completeness:
Firstly, "why can't Linux be changed to include secure boot" is hugely complicated and beyond the scope of this argument. It's all to do with the fact that the private key implementation essentially requires a closed source, proprietary operating system like Windows and not an open OS like Linux. (There's a good write-up on ARS Technical. Windows 8 secure boot could complicate Linux installs )
Secondly, there is an – what to me is a frankly thin – argument that the motherboard manufacturers won't include the switch to turn secure boot off in the UEFI settings. This just isn't the style of how these guys build motherboards – if you think about it, people who build motherboards are the geekiest of the geek, they love switches and there's no current commercial motivation for them to disable the switch.
Plus having a split where some motherboards have the switch and others don't would create a split and additional complexity in the supply chain. The motivation of the supply chain tends towards simplification."
Do manufacturers don't include a way to enable core on AMD CPU that AMD disable ? Also for many years Intel don’t allow us to OC their CPU, motherboard manufacturers as always make sure we can't do it.
Motherboard manufacturers are not dictated by Microsoft.
I speak alreay with Asus rep, they will make sure we can't disable it, they like to give extra to their customers. MSI rep. told me they will provide BIOS to do so, and we know how MSI are quick to make beta bios, you can even go on the MSI forum and for a small contribution, they gone make you a BIOS with the option you like.
If Microsoft force us to install their stuff, I will install Linux servers to my customers. If Dell force us, I will build PC for my customers. I don't like it , but I dislike more to be force.
I'm sure that the option will be included, the writer of the article more or less thinks so too. He does say, "This just isn't the style of how these guys build motherboards – if you think about it, people who build motherboards are the geekiest of the geek, they love switches and there's no current commercial motivation for them to disable the switch."