Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows The story about how secure boot for Windows 8, part of UEFI, will hinder the use of non-signed binaries and operating systems, like Linux, has registered at Redmond as well. The company posted about it on the Building Windows 8 blog - but didn't take any of the worries away. In fact, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, who originally broke this story, has some more information - worst of which is that Red Hat has received confirmation from hardware vendors that some of them will not allow you to disable secure boot.
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What to do about this...
by Tsuroerusu on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:46 UTC
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"I'm not really sure what we can do at this point to prevent this from getting really bad."

I would suggest doing two things.

1. On the technical front, as you said, mobilize armies of Linux hackers, I would start by calling up the Germans (Who had a field-day cracking the Xbox 10 years ago), so that when the systems with neutered BIOSes start to show up, secure boot will face an ambush.

2. On the legal front, call up the European Commission, they have been hunting down Microsoft for a long time, they should be able to instantly see the problem here.

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