Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:20 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows And so the war on general computing continues. Were you looking forward to ARM laptops and maybe even desktops now that Windows 8 will also be released for ARM? I personally was, because I'd much rather have a thin, but fast and economical machine than a beastly Intel PC. Sadly, it turns out that all our fears regarding UEFI's Secure Boot feature were justified: Microsoft prohibits OEMs from allowing you to install anything other than Windows 8 on ARM devices (the Software Freedom Law Center has more).
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A little over the top...
by saynte on Fri 13th Jan 2012 17:44 UTC
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Thom's blurb is a little over the top.

Doesn't the same Microsoft document set to rest the fears that new x86 PCs would all be locked-out from booting Linux? It does say that x86 systems must be capable of disabling the secure boot, or am I reading it wrong? Isn't it better that they only require this on the devices that don't even exist yet, for an operating system that isn't even released? As opposed to a huge market (x86 PCs)...

Even with the Secure Boot, can't Fedora or Ubuntu just get a grub-key included on the devices so they can boot in secure mode?

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