"MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish association representing open-source software users has filed a complaint against Microsoft Corp to the European Commission, in a new challenge to the Windows developer following a hefty fine earlier this month.....In its 14-page complaint the group says Windows 8 contained an "obstruction mechanism" called UEFI Secure Boot that controls the start-up of the computer which means users must seek keys from Microsoft to install another operating system."
The users are correct. PC's with Windows 8 come with the UEFI's Secure Boot enabled by default and one cannot boot another OS unless the maker of the other OS incorporates certificates produced only by Microsoft. Even if the certificates are provided for free there is no rational argument Microsoft can make for fair and open competition where Microsoft is the sole provider of acceptable certificates. Disabling the UEFI's Secure Boot will allow a non-Microsoft OS to boot but then Windows 8 will no longer boot.
It's unfortunate the Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice didn't have the intelligence to bring this case earlier.
If their Linux product was so good then there would be no need to boot their product on a Windows machine. Nevertheless, Most of the time secure boot can be switched off. The suit is stupid and will fail.
No one has to get anything from anyone. If you buy a machine with Windows pre-loaded on it it is a Windows machine. Duh. If you don't like it buy some machine without an OS preloaded or better yet by a computer preloaded with Linux. No one is forcing anyone to buy a machine pre-loaded with Windows. You can even format the drive switch secure boot off and load Linux wow, think about it. The complaint is meritless.
It's not a "Windows machine", Microsoft didn't make it. It's an Intel x86 based computer that happens to have Windows OS pre-installed on the boot drive. Neither vendors nor users of other operating systems should have to get anything from Microsoft as a pre-condition for using their software on an Intel compatible PC.