Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Linux "Red Hat, Canonical and the Linux Foundation have laid out a set of recommendations for hardware vendors in hopes of preserving the ability to install Linux on Windows 8 machines. Windows 8 machines should ship in a setup mode giving users more control right off the bat, the groups argue." Group hug-cheer combo for Red Hat, Canonical, and the Linux Foundation please.
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It's not anti-competitive if you can turn it off. THe demo that they showed had an option to turn it off in the "BIOS", so what's the problem. It's no different than buying any other pc with Windows if it can be turned off.

Though it makes for some great FUD.

I find it rather disappointing that people are modding down comments like yours -- which are actually pretty informative -- because they don't like UEFI. The issue of preventing OEMs from creating dual-boot machines has been litigated by the USDOJ already, and Microsoft is under a consent decree monitored by government lawyers for all new Windows features.

The point that I think people are missing is that Microsoft isn't telling OEMs that they must turn UEFI ON by default to get a logo sticker. They aren't allowed to do that. What they are saying is that an OEM *must* implement UEFI functionality -- even if they ultimately decide to turn it OFF by default and/or make it BIOS-selectable.

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