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Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell

"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People donít realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior," says Valve's Gabe Newell as quoted on AllThingsD. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. Itís a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think weíll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If thatís true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality." Thanks VG247.

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165. Re: Quoteworthy - Aug 1, 2012, 17:11 Dev
rkone wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 12:53:
This is a non-issue. Other OS users can turn off the secure signing option. Redhat simply paid $100 to have their kernal signed. Torvalds himself said people are making too much of this.
Ever notice how OEM computers like dell often have about 5% of the BIOS options that buying a motherboard from asus and building your computer yourself have? Thats because dell disables most of those options from being changed or even shown in the BIOS. So changing that option may be not even be possible. And even if it is, if MS can get all these companies to knuckle under to the requirement now, all they have to do in the future with windows 9 is to say that OEMs have to disable access to that option entirely to get the "designed for windows 9" sticker.

And many of those linux companies are NOT paying to sign the kernals. And what if someone wants to modify the kernals themselves? Plus, all the OEMs will be including the certificates from windows already, whereas mostly everyone else is going to be out of luck. How many people do you know that install their own certificates into windows? There's occasionally some need for it, such as not having the MS office prompt come up about unsigned macros. But most of the time people just deal with the prompt, its a pain to try and get something signed and the cert installed, even if you use a self make cert.

Also its not just for the OS. All hardware is supposed to get signed now too or else it won't work in EFI boot. You think hardware makers are going to bother getting every single existing piece of equipment updated and signed to work?

Just because torvalds says something, doesn't make it so. Stallman just said something about it being unethical for valve to try and put games on linux, but that doesn't make it so.

This comment was edited on Aug 1, 2012, 17:17.
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