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It started innocently enough. Red Hat software engineer David Howells asked Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder, to move on code that would let Microsoft-signed binary keys be added dynamically to a kernel while running in secure-boot mode on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). Torvalds wasn't having it. "Quite frankly, this is f*cking moronic."Linus Torvalds Strongly Objects to Windows 8 Secure Boot Keys in Linux Kernel [zdnet.com]
Be that as it may, booting Linux on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot active is still a headache -- and dealing with binary drivers will only make it more so.
When Secure Boot mode is enabled, BIOS performs cryptographic check during bootup, for the integrity of the software image. It prevents unauthorized or maliciously modified software from running.
Linux is not a company and has (relatively) little funding compared to a paid distribution
I feel there has been a lack of interest in making linux "home-user-friendly"
The real problem comes with data CDs
A lot of people want distros like Mint or Ubuntu to work just like Windows and run all their programs
Unfortunately most of these resources are dedicated to the kernel and making server software run better.That's my point. You won't find many (any?) of those companies working on a GUI interface or a desktop for home users.
Neither of these issues have held MacOS back, so I do not believe it is the major barrier for Linux. My own feeling is that Linux on the desktop has no funds for marketingThat's what I'm saying. While marketing is part of it, you need developers and designers to make it look good as well as feel good. I never said Linux was the problem. It's not. Give me a few millions and I'll show you what I can get running on Linux.
I never said Linux was the problem. It's not. Give me a few millions and I'll show you what I can get running on Linux.
Having copied several of the genealogy CDs now it's looking as if the majority are PDFs with a few text files thrown in.
I may be an exception here in that I do use Access (and almost never Excel or Word).
Given the dual boot problem, can you cold turkey off Windows?