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: Threat to Microsoft, too
by segedunum on Tue 27th Sep 2011 00:14 UTC in reply to "Threat to Microsoft, too"
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It is also possible that users may buy some future Sony laptop and later discover that Sony only included keys for Windows 7 and they can't upgrade to Windows 8. Take it one step further - the owner can only run the Sony restore image that came with the system, and can't even upgrade from Home to Ultimate.

Bingo. You're thinking along exactly the right lines. I'm not sure why you haven't been modded up.

It also gets around the uncomfortable virtualisation problem Microsoft doesn't like where you can run free virtualisation platforms and where people have been running versions of Windows long after they have ended support.

Edited 2011-09-27 00:16 UTC

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