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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None Should Be Shocked.
by Pelly on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 00:38 UTC
Pelly
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None of us should be shocked by this development.

This is nothing short of hijacking your computer hardware in an attempt to prevent users from using anything but future versions of Windows.

There is a work-around. While not the best, it is an option. If/when this lock-down is fully implemented, I can envision people purchasing additional hard drives (or flash drives) for laptops and mobile devices that allow quick remove-replacement of storage media.

The bothersome part of this situation is h/w ownership. Imagine purchasing an oven. Now imagine its impossible to cook anything but beef and pies of a particular store in that oven (it's an abstract example, so just work with me here). You didn't know this at the time and the oven came with steaks and pies from, "Bill's Beef & Pies." Now that you have your oven in your house, you've enjoyed some steaks & pies that came with it. Now you want to cook a chicken dinner for your family because chickens are free and you've heard that they're really good (friends & coworkers are always raving how they love chickens because there are so many recipes for them). The oven fails to turn on since it isn't beef (from Bill's) in the oven. You call the store and they finally tell you that the oven only works for beef and pies from Bill's Store; nothing else will allow the oven to turn on.

Would you put up with that? Of course not.

The alternative is to have two ovens. One for pies & beef from Bill's Store and another for everything else.

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