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Will Centrino Pro ever run XP?

by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2007 12:26 PM PDT

I took a look at Centrino Pro and one feature BLARED out from the rest. Here it is in three letters -> EFI.

As it stands no one has an install for XP on an EFI BIOS. It appears that the road to Vista is being designed into the base hardware.

Goodbye DOS, all versions XP and prior. Any older Linux's and many other un-named OS's.

Is this progress?


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by Darton Fury / April 20, 2007 4:56 PM PDT

Doesn't EFI target 64 bit only? That would buy us a little time!

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Sorry, no. It looks like a ploy to shutout "old" OSes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2007 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: EFI

It's like outlawing DVD players and suddenly you see nothing but BluRay?


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Add DRM to the list of progress ...
by billzhills / April 20, 2007 10:43 PM PDT
""In the US, France and a few other countries it is already forbidden to play legally purchased music or videos using GNU/Linux media players. Sounds like sci-fi? Unfortunately not. And it won?t end up on multimedia only. Welcome to the the new era of DRM!""

""in a nutshell, the technological aspect is that DRM implies that the software, or even worse ? hardware ? should be manufactured not for the highest stability and performance, but rather for the best copyright protection possible.""

""What is interesting and not widely known, DRM is not restricted to media only. It can be used to secure any other ?digital goods?, especially the software. The idea to restrict access to proprietary software using hardware DRM technology is getting more and more popular around major software vendors,""

The Right to Read. Our future?
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by jackson dougless / April 20, 2007 11:19 PM PDT

All of Apple's Intel based line use the EFI, and people have XP running on it just fine. You just need some sort of special boot loader is all. LILO and Grub would probably fit the bill just fine, or can and will be quickly and easily modified to function in such a way.

Besides, it IS progress to FINALLY ditch the PC BIOS that has been the source of so many limitations in advancements over the years. It's an annoying 16-bit real-mode program, that virtually every x86 OS has had to bypass because it's so slow. It should have been done away with back in the 386 days, when 32-bit protected mode code became a reality, but it's dragged on for this long.

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