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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This concerns everyone
by _xenu on Sun 25th Sep 2011 14:13 UTC
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Not just Linux users. While MS is partially doing this to fuck with Linux, this is mainly their insurance policy against another Vista-like backlash with "downgrades" to the previous version. They're deeply insecure about Windows 8 because of the interface changes that will likely prove very controversial if Unity is any guide. They know perfectly well that most people aren't interested in upgrading from Windows 7, which has achieved much greater acceptance than Vista. They're obviously scared to death of Windows 7 having an XP like lifespan.

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