[dba-Tech] New Windows 8 and Linux

Jim Lawrence accessd at shaw.ca
Thu Jan 19 15:58:48 CST 2012

I agree Arthur... This is all well and good for us as we will unlikely be
stopped by such nonsense as hardwired boot chips but for the average user
this will be a show stopper. 

The Linux community may very likely be forced to come up with a way to allow
just a normal user to easily install or dual boot their OS. Now whether that
process will disable their existing Windows 8 or, at that time, be illegal
backed by a number of penalties encapsulated in some future "anti-piracy"
bill is yet to be seen.

Maybe I am over reacting on this but the whole concept of enforcing
world-wide internet control under the ruse of "anti-piracy" and secure is a
very troubling trend. The purveyors of these series of regulations will
never quit and if the Whitehouse had not received almost 100 million emails
saying stop this...today we might be facing a very different paradigm.

-----Original Message-----
From: dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com
[mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Arthur Fuller
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:28 PM
To: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] New Windows 8 and Linux

A possible workaround is to set up a memory stick to boot and install Linux
on that. My local hardware vendor sells 64GB Kingston memory sticks for
less than $50. I haven't moved to Windows 8 yet, but I'm thinking of losing
my dual-boot setup in favour of the stick approach. To paraphrase Teddy
Roosevelt, "speak Linux and carry a Big Stick." Ubuntu provides detailed
instructions on how to boot from a stick, but of course it depends on your
BIOS supporting that option.

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM, Peter Brawley
<peter.brawley at earthlink.net>wrote:

> On 1/19/2012 1:50 PM, Jim Lawrence wrote:
>> It looks like the new Windows 8 computers, on new PC hardware, will no
>> longer dual boot.
>> This effectively means Linux may be impossible to install on all new PCs
>> that ever had and will have Windows 8 OEM installed.
>> Welcome to the new Windows 8 world.
>> --
> Arthur
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