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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"That argument is stupid ... "

Frankly, I was thinking the same thing as shotsman before he said it.

"I have YET to do a commit a massacre ... therefore I might because I haven't yet ???"

This is a new feature which is designed to shut down unsigned software, that's the whole purpose of it's existence. Why do you think it will obviously be optional on OEM systems that are "designed for windows 8"?

If you were in charge of how this feature was implemented, would you hardcode exclusively microsoft/OEM keys into the firmware, or would you allow the end user to control their own keys?

Edited 2011-09-24 22:09 UTC

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