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 AnythingButVista
by Thomas2005 on Fri 4th Nov 2011 16:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by AnythingButVista"
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I'm almost positive of what HP will do.

Business PC's: You'll have the option to install alternate OS's, whether it's disabling UEFI or by providing keys for other OS's.

Consumer PC's: Windows 8 is all you'll get. DEAL WITH IT! Just like HP refused to provide drivers so consumers could downgrade Vista machines to XP, don't expect to be able to replace Windows 8 with any other Windows, let alone Linux or other OS's.

This is exactly what I am thinking, except "HP" can be substituted with any OEM. A slight variation on the consumer PC is there will be an "enthusiast" model that costs more, just for the ability to disable SecureBoot, or it will have Windows 8 "The Shiznit" edition to help justify the cost.

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