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[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by shmerl on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
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So the proof is just "most probably because of business reasons they wont"? Doesn't sound assuring enough, since those reasons are not set in stone. While no rule mandates OEMs to give the user an ability to control UEFI keys or disabling it altogether - there is a risk of having a computer which won't boot what user wants.

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