Linked by Elv13 on Sun 17th Jun 2012 10:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The UEFI secure boot mechanism has been the source of a great deal of concern in the free software community, and for good reason: it could easily be a mechanism by which we lose control over our own systems. Recently, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett described how the Fedora distribution planned to handle secure boot in the Fedora 18 release. That posting has inspired a great deal of concern and criticism, though, arguably, about the wrong things."
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Secure Boot is a joke
by TheKurrgan on Sun 17th Jun 2012 18:21 UTC
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I can see no benefit to secure boot. As it has been stated, its a nearly non existant security problem. However, to state that they are terrified of android/linux is a bit reaching; Numbers speak volumes, and they have a lot more to worry about from Apple than from Linux on the desktop market. While it is clearly anti-competitive, I dont see where it is really going to help given that their biggest competitor is Apple, who will never release OSX to function on non-apple hardware and therefore, secureboot makes not difference to in terms of competition. The only place that this could come in to effect is in servers, where Microsoft is still battling linux, however server manufacturers have not been blindly and exclusively producing products for Windows Servers ever, and I would venture to guess that if any server hardware lacked the ability to turn secure boot off so a unix OS could be loaded, it'd likely flop.
That said, the only point I can see in SecureBoot is that it would be the first step in solidifying Microsofts position in application distribution to their platform, ala Apple App store.
All this will only matter if Metro manages not to completely tank.
I personally will never use Windows 8 because of Metro, and will not shrink from speaking badly of people who mindlessly use it on a desktop because its new and cool. Never been a really huge fan of Apples mentality, but after Win8, they will have the only viable desktop option available to mainstream consumers.
Linux for us people will always be an option, but the fragmentation and frankly the lack of coordination will always make it a lesser choice for most consumers and manufacturers alike.

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