Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows After the walled garden coming to the desktop operating system world, we're currently witnessing another potential nail in the coffin of the relatively open world of desktop and laptop computing. Microsoft has revealed [.pptx] that as part of its Windows 8 logo program, OEMs must implement UEFI secure boot. This could potentially complicate the installation of other operating systems, like Windows 7, XP, and Linux.
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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by lemur2 on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 01:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
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If you want to hide malicious code you can do it in open source as well. There was that news a few months ago about openbsd having malicious code. Don't know whether it was true or not but the possibility remains.

Quote please. AFAIK the track record is that malware has never been distributed to users via open source repositories. The only way it happens is to distribute modified code binary-only executables to Windows users.

Actually, you can't hide malware in the source code of open source software which is developed in collaboration by a number of independent programmers. The more people involved, the more impossible it becomes. If you want to inject malware, it has to be done AFTER taking the source code from the development project but BEFORE distributing binaries to end users, this is the only remotely possible point of injection. Even then, if the users can get the source and also the bianries and they can compile the source for themselves and check it, then even that possible point of injection is no longer possible.

Anyway I don't see MS succeeding in forcing motherboard manufacturers to disallow Linux installation.

The UEFI specification is not actually from Microsoft. Microsoft are simply saying that UEFI secure boot is required if an OEM wishes to put a "Designed for Windows 8" sticker on their hardware.

Arguably, if something is indeed "Designed for Windows 8", it is reasonable to expect that it can't run anything but Windows 8.

For myself, I put together my own desktop machines. I typically buy an "upgrade" package which includes a motherboard, CPU, RAM and box. I add a blank hard disk drive, optical drive and graphics card, plug it all together, insert a Linux LiveCD into the optical drive, and away I go. Doing this has been quite a bit less expensive for me than buying store-bought machines of equivalent performance anyway. The problem here is that the days of such machines are arguably numbered.

It shouldn't be a problem because the market is about to be flooded with a plethora of reasonable ARM tablets designed to run Android. E.g:

If you want to have a Linux desktop machine one of those can easily be adapted, just add a USB keyboard and mouse, HDMI monitor and USB external storage (or use a NAS device).

Edited 2011-09-22 01:40 UTC

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