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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In other words, Microsoft are letting the OEMs decide whether to include a "disable secure boot" in the UEFI BIOS. It's a bit surprising that the UEFI standard didn't actually insist that the user should always be able to disable secure boot (I don't care if it's enabled by default, but I do care if it can't be disabled).

So don't buy from those OEM that do. Simple.

There are surely anti-trust issues if Microsoft effectively force OEMs to only allow Windows to be installed on machines

Which is why they will leave in the option

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