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 Alfman on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
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"Well I keep on replying will well reasoned arguments but everyone seems to go into 'Microsoft is the EVILZ!' mode ... and cannot seem to go beyond that."

This has absolutely nothing to do with microsoft being evil. I wouldn't care if microsoft had zero involvement, it's bad to have a security feature that bans owners from accessing the keys in their own hardware.

Now microsoft may be a primary benefactor and driver, but this criticism against the proposed secure boot spec has nothing to do with being anti-microsoft. It's about the deteriorating conditions for those of us who believe an open computing future is better than a closed computing future.

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