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

Pete Smout psmouty at live.com
Fri May 18 20:36:56 UTC 2012

On 18/05/12 21:04, Simon Greenwood wrote:
> On 18 May 2012 20:18, Barry Titterton
> <barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com
> <mailto:barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com>>
> 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 mentioned this to some of the youngsters that I work with. They were
>     indignant, but more intent on keeping their old windows systems rather
>     than trying something new. I shall keep chipping away at their resolve.
>     '
> Secure Boot doesn't prevent the installation of additional software.
> Everything it does happens before the operating system starts up. The
> article is fairly unequivocal that Windows Media Player won't include
> the codecs to play DVDs, probably to save a licencing charge that, on
> the hardware that Windows 8 is aimed at - tablets, netbooks and
> ultrabooks - won't be usable anyway. It's actually a win for VLC in that
> regard as it does provide codecs for DVD playback for free.
> s/
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 From what I have seen so far win8 should be a win for all other OS's as 
no-one in their right mind would buy it! That said as per normal if you 
buy new hardware you wont be given the option but to have it! My 
favorite game is asking for the cost of win7 at present off of a new 
laptop in major retailers, as I do not want it, they never seem to 
understand that!



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