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[3]: Just to show
by BushLin on Fri 4th Nov 2011 02:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Just to show"
BushLin
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2011-01-26

As predicted someone is writing to tell that they think you're wrong, although only on the small matter about removing BIOS chips.
I once had a bad flash and the system wouldn't boot, however I had a similar board nearby so I could boot to DOS on that, switch the *ROMS over and then force flash the BIOS image which failed previously.
Oh yeah, the point... While I'm not going to argue the merits of UEFI, what you said about removing the BIOS chip doesn't appear to prove anything as it doesn't seem any different to what was possible before.

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