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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Possibly very good
by TheChucklesStart on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 01:58 UTC
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If this stays as an option in the bios that we can turn off, or if the linux community get their own software signed in a practical manor, then there is a very, very good side to this.

This good side is SECURITY. If the operating system cannot be modified, then you can't get a root kit, which means that the operating system can, in theory, still stop malware. In the days of large corporations seemingly being hacked into every few weeks... this type of security is bound to become common place for both windows and linux machines, even well controlled servers.

I imagine it will take a while for the kinks to be worked out (they are still working on that with phones), but in the end, I imagine IT support will NEED to have the option to turn off any secure boot options to fix computers efficiently.

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