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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RE: Oh Thom you spin a good yarn
by TechGeek on Sat 24th Sep 2011 19:38 UTC in reply to "Oh Thom you spin a good yarn"
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And some manufacturers have already stated that the option to disable will not be present. Many OEM's even now with just a regular BIOS do not allow users to change all the features that are present. Dell is pretty good, but that doesn't mean the option will always be there. Also, if Microsoft can mandate that OEMs include this functionality, what is to stop Microsoft from later mandating that the disable option be removed?

Case in point, I have a 1U server that has procs that include VT-x. The motherboard has a chipset that supports VT-x. The OEM set the BIOS to permanently disable hardware virtualization. Why? Because they could I guess? Because it was sold at a price point that they didn't want hurting sales of more robust expensive servers?

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