Perhaps better late than never, a GNU/Linux organization has laid a complaint against M$ for “secure boot” which does little for security but a lot to stifle competition.
“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.”
see Exclusive: Linux users file EU complaint against Microsoft | Reuters
You can read the complaint in Spanish, “EL ARRANQUE CAUTIVO DE MICROSOFT CONTRARIO A LA COMPETENCIA Y A LOS DERECHOS DE LOS CONSUMIDORES”
I hope this succeeds in slapping M$ harder than ever. This shenanigan has already contaminated months of world-production of PCs since mid-2012. It’s hard to see any way to undo that harm. What’s the resale value of a PC which cannot boot another OS? What’s the value of a couple of hundred million PCs? M$ cannot even afford to pay the bill. Of course this challenge is EU-only but it will set a resounding precedent. Whatever country wants its pound of flesh will have to act quickly…
I hope the EU orders restitution to damaged computer-buyers and a 10% of revenue fine or whatever their maximum is. With a serial psychopath like M$ there is no use being gentle with them. This will be the third case of anti-competitive activity in a decade. I think M$ should be banned from doing business in any country that values a free market in PC operating systems and everything else in IT.