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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by Soulbender on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 21:46 UTC
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Mr Bott is pretty good at drumming up the sensationalism and FUD himself.

In fact, the closer you look at the movement against the Secure Boot feature,the more apparent it becomes that this is about propaganda, not technology.

What movement against Secure Boot? The RH/Canonical/LF campaign is not anti-secure boot. Propaganda? For what? Having a choice? Is that somehow bad?

As for the confirmation by the leading PC makers...
HP's company line pretty much mean "I dont fscking know, ok? Wait while we figure out what's best for us".

First of all, that’s factually in error: the blog post in question was written by Microsoft’s Tony Mangefeste,

That's hair-splitting. The blog post was made by Mr Sinofsky but the majority of the content written by Mr Mangefeste.

Funny how he takes the MS guys at their word but the LF guys are the devils minions, more or less. Yeah, Corporate propaganda is so much more trustworthy.

From the MS blog:
For Windows customers, Microsoft is using the Windows Certification program to ensure that systems shipping with Windows 8 have secure boot enabled by default,

Funny how Mr Bott does not mention that, eh?

Also from the blog:
For the enthusiast who wants to run older operating systems, the option is there to allow you to make that decision.

Yeah...anything not Windows 8 is old. No propaganda to see here. No sireeeee....

Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Much fud follows.

At the end of the day, this COULD become a problem so what's the harm in attacking it now BEFORE it actually becomes one? Sitting on your ass and hoping for the best isn't the wise choice.

Edited 2011-11-03 21:47 UTC

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