Why Microsoft’s Windows 8 is a “Technological Jail”
"Fresh from suffering a 561 million euro fine from the European Commission earlier this month, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) faces another complaint from the 8000 member-strong HispaLinux, an organisation which represents LINUX users and developers in Spain. Hispalinux has filed a 14 page complaint with the European Commission alleging Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform contained an obstruction mechanism that made it difficult for the user to switch to any other operating system such as LINUX. It said that Windows 8 contained a feature called UEFI Secure Boot that controlled the start-up of the computer, and required certain keys to be obtained from Microsoft for installing a different operating system. “This is absolutely anti-competitive,” said lawyer and Hispalinux head Jose Maria Lancho. “It’s really bad for the user and for the European software industry.” "