Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 19:34 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Hardware, Embedded Systems A big issue right now in the world of operating systems - especially Linux - is Microsoft's requirement that all Windows 8 machines ship with UEFI's secure boot enabled, with no requirement that OEMs implement it so users can turn it off. This has caused some concern in the Linux world, and considering Microsoft's past and current business practices and the incompetence of OEMs, that's not unwarranted. CNet's Ed Bott decided to pose the issue to OEMs. Dell stated is has plans to include the option to turn secure boot off, while HP was a bit more vague about the issue.
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RE: UEFI not booting Linux
by Delgarde on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 21:13 UTC in reply to "UEFI not booting Linux"
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Redhat seems to be perpetuating this fallacy according to Ed Bott and this blog post supports this assertion.

I wouldn't regard CNet commentators as an authority on the matter, if I were you. Having read both Bott's article and the various discussions he's talking about, it looks like he's just heard about some controversy, skimmed a few blog posts, and written up a quick and mostly uninformed article.

That blog post you link to is by Matthew Garrett, who's probably the most knowledgeable person in the open-source community when it comes to UEFI booting. He's also the one responsible for most of the noise around "secure boot", precisely because he's done his research.

That said, he does stick to the facts, hence the post you linked to, complaining about others spreading misinformation. As far as I can tell, this fuss is because someone else at Redhat had problems with UEFI, and jumped to the conclusion that it was relating to secure boot. Which can't possibly be the case, as Garrett's latest post points out... no "secure boot" systems are currently on the market...

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