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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"If OEMs stop you from disabling it ... then don't buy that hardware. ... I always check my OS compatibility when shopping for hardware ... and I use an OS that is far less popular than Linux (OpenBSD)"

You are only addressing one issue, that of disabling the secure boot feature. But will windows run unrestricted when secure boot is disabled? Or will owners be punished for having Linux/BSD installed?

If you know the answer to these questions, the please provide the source because I really do want to know.

Edit: Will users need to disable secure boot just to run knoppix? It sounds like the answer is yes. It will discourage people from using the linux live CDs in the back of some magazines, assuming publishers will even bother distributing them any more.

Edited 2011-09-24 21:51 UTC

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