[SWLUG] Ubunt-doh!

Steve Hill steve at nexusuk.org
Wed Jul 25 10:41:34 UTC 2007

On Wed, 25 Jul 2007, Julian Hall wrote:

> Watch out for 'OS locked' systems.  Apparently some manufacturers Dell
> among them, are now shipping systems which will only allow Windows
> installations - how I'm not sure - possibly won't read anything bar
> FAT32 or NTFS.  The system is called TCPA - supported by Vista so it can
> only grow.

TCPA is the association behind the trusted computing modules (TPM).  I 
should mention that TPMs are also supported by Linux and there are good 
reasons to use them in some situations (although Vista intends to use them 
for lots of evil stuff such as DRM as well).

I'd be surprised if the TPM prevented you from installing another OS - on 
my notebook the TPM and be enabled/disabled/reset from the BIOS (and also 
wasn't enabled by default since it requires that you set a BIOS password).


  - Steve
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