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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Threat to Microsoft, too
by zztaz on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 23:03 UTC
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Sure, OEM incompetence regarding secure booting will most often work to Microsoft's advantage, but not always. It is also possible that users may buy some future Sony laptop and later discover that Sony only included keys for Windows 7 and they can't upgrade to Windows 8. Take it one step further - the owner can only run the Sony restore image that came with the system, and can't even upgrade from Home to Ultimate.

Don't think that Sony would do something like that? We are, after all, talking about a company that intentionally silently installed rootkits on other people's computers worldwide. There are other companies capable of acting like that, and many more who could do it out of ignorance.

Linux users alone may not have enough influence to change this. We need to convince Windows users that they are at risk, too. And they are.

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