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: Comment by Soulbender
by f0dder on Fri 4th Nov 2011 00:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
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From the MS blog:
"For Windows customers, Microsoft is using the Windows Certification program to ensure that systems shipping with Windows 8 have secure boot enabled by default,

Funny how Mr Bott does not mention that, eh?
"It's a sensible thing to do, though - the majority would never enable the feature, and it'd be all for nothing.

As long as "enabled by default" doesn't imply "with no way to disable it", it's a perfectly fine choice IMHO.

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