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[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by ichi on Fri 4th Nov 2011 11:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
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Very clever mate ... Comon ... it the usual "We hate Microsoft and there is a massive conspiracy against Linux" ...

So far you are the only one constantly bringing up that conspiracy theory.

It's all about potential OEM laziness over the implementation of a MS specification that doesn't consider whether other OSes might be able to boot (and why should they require anything else, they are in the business of selling their own OS).

Would MS love seeing competing operating systems locked out (or at least inconvenienced) out of PCs? Certainly, but that doesn't make it a conspiracy, they aren't actively pushing that with SecureBoot.

Seriously, as someone posted above, complaining about RedHat & Co. trying to make sure that OEMs will implement SecureBoot properly so their operating systems will boot with zero problems is lame.

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