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: Comment by Soulbender
by shmerl on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
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More from that MS blog post:

At the end of the day, the customer is in control of their PC...

OEMs are free to choose how to enable this support and can further customize the parameters as described above in an effort to deliver unique value propositions to their customers.

Sounds like an oxymoron to me. So is the user in control, or OEMs are free to choose how to enable/disable user's ability to control UEFI? Sounds like the second is more to the point, and "user is in control" is just empty PR talk.

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