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[6]: Option to Disable
by Thomas2005 on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Option to Disable"
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Also why would people buy a Windows 8 Certified machine to run Linux/OpenBSD/Android etc. on it? Sounds a bit silly to me.

Also what is there to stop someone booting linux using the Windows Bootloader (which I have done since Win2k)?

People will not buy a "Windows 8 Certified" machine to run Linux/*BSD/Android/etc on, but people will buy a computer that meets their wants/needs that is in their price range that happens to be "Windows 8 Certified". Just as not everyone likes to tinker with open-source OS/apps, not everyone that tinkers with open-source OS/apps likes to tinker with hardware.

As far as using the Windows boot-loader, it could get replaced with one that checks for "properly" signed code.

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