Microsoft has asked Lenovo to make it harder to boot Linux on their computers.

obviously I know some really cool people who work at Microsoft but it's very funny to me that people have been harping on us FOSS types for not instantly forgiving them for 20 years of malice, and now we've got this. [1]

when Microsoft is asking manufacturers to prevent people from booting other OSes and not communicating as to why, they are positioning themselves as the enemy. it's that simple. if they want to be trusted by Linux users, they need to earn that trust.

we're about 2y away, by my estimation, from living in a bizarro world where x86 PCs are less open to free desktops than ARM Macs.

1: mjg59.dreamwidth.org/60248.htm

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@tindall what's your take on builders like System76 and Framework ?

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@elmiko they're expensive and fragile (as companies). It's good that we have them but it's not enough

@m0xee @elmiko exactly how would that work, when the largest companies and governments on earth are supporting Microsoft?

@m0xee @elmiko Microsoft makes most of its money from enterprises. companies generally do not give much of a shit about what consumers want because, especially in this space, they can dictate what's available, and they choose to make the things that are most profitable to them available. People who care about this make up a small minority of consumers at most.

You are being hopelessly optimistic here.

@m0xee @tindall @elmiko There's nothing wrong with trying to vote with your dollar and trying to support better alternatives, I certainly do, but the fact is that these companies act the way they do because that is what's most successful given the ruleset handed down by capitalism. Actual regulation or, better yet, ditching capitalism entirely are the only ways to actually begin to address the problem here.

Those with disposable income can do all they want to support companies trying to do the right thing, but even with that they'll never be able to compete with the low costs that become possible from extracting every cent possible like the giants do.

@elmiko @tindall are there another vendor, which use not Intel CPUs - maybe ARM or RISC which are good and maybe stabil?

I only know the pinebook pro as an Linux compatible ARM notebook. (Which does no fit my needs of quality and performance)

@genofire @tindall i'm only familiar with pine64, but i have no experience using them.

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