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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As long as it is enabled by default it is still bad.

Sure you should be able to turn it on-or-off, I would expect that... not being able to do so sounds like a new monopoly case waiting to happen. Because then basically your not buying the hardware anymore... the vendor just made sure that they retain ownership of the ability to use the device as you see fit.

I'm still wondering how this all works in practice but enabling it by default would create another big hurdle for <quote>normal</quote> people to use a computer.

Now any third-party (that can not get there key in?) must add detailed instructions for the end user on how to use there software. Most likely lots of people are going to fail in this or feel like it's too difficult.

Different bioses has different interfaces, different places to put this options or just don't present it at all.

How are normal people going to make sense of this ?

It makes the computer one little step closer to rocket science.

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