[ubuntu-uk] Interesting information in The Register that may be useful in evangelism

Michael Daniels michael_d at hotmail.co.uk
Fri May 18 20:03:27 UTC 2012

> Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 20:41:14 +0100
> From: neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
> To: ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Interesting information in The Register that may be useful in evangelism
> On 18.05.12 20:18, Barry Titterton wrote:
> > It seems that Microsoft will be shipping Win8 without the ability to
> > play DVDs. They justify it by citing the rise in popularity of streaming
> > media such as Netflix. Users who really want it will have to pay extra.
> > 
> > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/04/windows_media_dvd_playback_dead/
> > 
> > MS tried this in the past, I think it was with MediaPlayer9, but back
> > then users just shrugged and installed a free option such as VLC. But
> > now, with Secure Boot, MS can make sure that users do not have another
> > option. Except for upgrading to Ubuntu of course!
> > 
> I don't think secure boot would stop you installing VLC, but it may stop
> you installing Ubuntu.
> That's my uninformed understanding, anyway.
> Neil.
> So where is it going to stop,  will W8 ever sell with so many restrictions ? My Ubuntu 12.04 computer will play any DVD, yes, even the most recent CSS encription, all necessary decoding information was obtained from open source contributors. Try as they may, Microsoft are just causing people to look at alternative operating systems. Do you remember that announcement that Microsoft would ship their operating system, without a web browser, to the EU ? They changed their mind a Internet Explorer and Firefox were given as options. There is still time to contribute to the governments open source trawl, avoiding expensive software cost is a significant issueI'll repeat what another has said, Ubuntu 12.04 is the best thing since sliced bread, and how much was the operating system ? 
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