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[3]: Comment by ronaldst
by Tony Swash on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 18:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ronaldst"
Tony Swash
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I think we all get this. But the question is why was it engineered to take power away from the owners? This is not a necessary element of secure boot. Even if 99% of users never need to touch it, why prohibit them from doing so if they want to use it with their own code? That's the problem that we/I have.



Personally I think it's because Microsoft has always had a monopolistic business model, since they achieved a monopoly position in relation to Windows and Office everything they have done has been about defending and extending that monopoly. It's what has made them so bad at innovating. Microsoft knows, deep down inside, that if it's core products had to compete on a level playing field against just as viable alternatives that they would fail.

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