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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delta0.delta0
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2010-06-01

Thank you Paddlaren, this is exactly what I was looking for, I will also be writing to them. Only way to stop anti-competitive measures like this is to raise it to European / US Parliaments/courts so that they can intervene and stop this.


Thom really just a golf clap for Microsoft, if this was Apple implementing something like this I wonder what your reaction would be...


"I'm not really sure what we can do at this point to prevent this from getting really bad..."


cracking the bios for hardware you have legitimately bought which should work with any os is not the answer, whether you are a Linux / Mac or Windows fan, something like this just shouldn't be allowed its as simple as that. Can you imagine the difficulty any person would have running Linux ? The complexity this would cause for any other os to legitimately run is just absurd never mind the fact that you would have to void your warranty to run another os.


A pc does not equal Windows, contrary to Microsoft's advertising campaigns. This has nothing to do with the incompetence of OEM manufacturers and everything to do with Microsoft once again exploiting their monopoly position.

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