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[7]: Comment by Soulbender
by lucas_maximus on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Soulbender"
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Read the f--king article.

UEFI doesn't allow any OS interaction with it. That is the whole idea there isn't an OS API to interact with it .. which is why it is secure.

There are manufacturers (big ones) that say they aren't going to be dicks and not give you the option. Even the BIOS guys are saying "We want you do to it not piss people off". WTF more do you guys want?

You can boot your precious Operating System (I am an OpenBSD/Win 7 user).

GPL is incompatiple with secure boot (thanks to RMS, but BSD is alright).

WTF more do you want?

Edited 2011-11-03 23:58 UTC

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