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[2]: Ok, let's be fair
by ilovebeer on Sun 6th Nov 2011 03:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Ok, let's be fair"
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Additionally, many of us are uncomfortable with a security feature which will sometimes be locked to windows, and that will be difficult to impossible for users to enable for independent operating systems.

If buying a prebuilt system locked to a specific OS is a problem for you, do not buy a prebuilt system locked to a specific OS. You have several alternatives so be smart about your purchase and buy something that suits your needs rather than something that doesn't and then complain about it.

Rocket science? No. Common sense? Yes, and that's what people should be spreading right now,... not unjustified fear based on assumptioned about secure boot.

Edited 2011-11-06 03:02 UTC

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