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: Err how is this uncertain?
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:13 UTC in reply to "Err how is this uncertain?"
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They mean FreeDOS. I'm not joking; it's a real option. You can configure some machines with either Windows or FreeDOS.

Last time I tried configuring an HP machine with FreeDOS, the configurator wouldn't let me select the option to add the Windows and Centrino stickers, and apparently, there was a bunch of hardware which relied on those stickers to work because the configurator would tell me to add the stickers before adding the hardware.

It was quite comical. I'm not sure if HP still does that since I have written them off.

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