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 from a dumb user
by WorknMan on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 06:54 UTC in reply to "Comment from a dumb user"
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To my uneducated mind, this sounds like the issue that people are having with some Motorola Android devices. They have locked bootloaders that don't permit any firmware not signed by Motorola to be installed.

Well, not just Motorola Android devices, but several different kinds of Android devices. And do you know what? Pretty much every one of them get rooted anyway.

From my point of view, it's a good safety measure on PCs, since 99% of people would never try to boot another OS anyway. Just give people an option to unlock if they want, and make it so that you need physical access to the PC, and make it just hard enough to find so nobody could/would do it on accident.

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