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Date:      Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:20:09 -0700
From:      Don Wilde <dwilde1@gmail.com>
To:        Alan Somers <asomers@freebsd.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>, FreeBSD <freebsd-stable@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: URGENT: Microsoft overwrites boot loader!
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On 7/16/20 4:55 PM, Alan Somers wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 5:47 PM Don Wilde <dwilde1@gmail.com 
> <mailto:dwilde1@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>
>     On 7/16/20 1:28 PM, Alan Somers wrote:
>>     On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 2:20 PM Don Wilde <dwilde1@gmail.com
>>     <mailto:dwilde1@gmail.com>> wrote:
>>
>>         The [deleted] ones in Redmond have done it again. My multi-OS
>>         GRUB2 boot
>>         loader is gone, and in its place is a 500M partition called
>>         'Windows
>>         boot loader'.
>>
>>         The purpose is to force us to look at MS' new version of
>>         Edge. All my
>>         old boot files are gone.
>>
>>         It's taken me much of the morning to get underneath this,
>>         since on this
>>         unit my only OS (other than Doze 10) with a WM and GUI is Ubuntu.
>>
>>         That's the last time I will allow this, and I'm calling those
>>         [deleted]s
>>         tomorrow to give them a piece of my mind. After that I will
>>         erase every
>>         vestige of that obscene OS from my disk.
>>
>>         -- 
>>         Don Wilde
>>         ****************************************************
>>         * What is the Internet of Things but a system *
>>         * of systems including humans?  *
>>         ****************************************************
>>
>>
>>     Edge?  I thought that was a browser.  What does it have to do
>>     with boot loaders?
>>     -Alan
>     It is. They over-wrote my boot loader with a special package
>     touting their upgrade and its features.
>
>     AUTOEXEC.bat is no longer sufficient for them!
>
>     The only way to get out of it was to reboot to a different disk.
>     By installing a new copy of Ubuntu from DVD on a portion of that
>     drive, I was able to get to the rest of my disk through its GRUB2
>     (which had been trashed by MS).
>
>     I sent a really pointed message to MS "Senior Technical Advisors"
>     but nobody (of more than a dozen who were on-line and saw it)
>     responded. I hope nobody commits seppuku, but I'll bet there will
>     be some resignations.
>
>     MS Windows is the toxic RoundUp of the software world, and 10 is
>     the most egregious one yet.
>
>
> Are you saying that they overwrite the bootloader in order to display 
> some kind of popup add before the main OS loads?  That makes no sense 
> whatsoever.  It is the crazy ravings of a madman.  Except, I know Don 
> to be reliable. There's definitely a madman involved with this story 
> somehow, but I don't think it's Don.
>
> -Alan
Thanks, Alan!

After that one, I'm not even sure. <wink> From what others have said, I 
guess I've been lucky on this. Then again, I've been dodging MS bullets 
since the CP/M days...

-- 
Don Wilde
****************************************************
* What is the Internet of Things but a system      *
* of systems including humans?                     *
****************************************************




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