Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 6th Dec 2012 05:26 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes With computers now shipping with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, users of any OS other than Windows 8 will want to know how to circumvent it. Jesse Smith of DistroWatch tells how he did it here. The Linux Foundation describes its approach here. If you want to boot an OS other than Windows 8, you'll want to figure this out before you buy that new computer.
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RE[6]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sun 9th Dec 2012 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai"
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I've conflated them? I've reread that quote and the instances of "UEFI" and "secure boot" were both correct and intentional. Secure boot is a subset of the UEFI standard that's required now by microsoft. I think we both already know this, so please let us not fuss.

The incompatibility therefore has nothing to do with 'secure boot' so why is the issue even raised in the first place? a crappy UEFI implementation - join the list of crappy motherboard vendors doing the same thing purely out of laziness rather than some sort of 'evil master plan' to 'screw over Linux users'.

I'm sorry but I don't know what this is in response to?

The implication that is at least implied by your posts (and others) that motherboards vendors are going out of their way to screw over Linux users.

Ditto here. But I'd add that manufacturers go out of their way to explicitly make their wares compatible with windows. Linux doesn't get the same attention.

Why should it receive the same attention when such a miniscule number of Linux users make up their customer base?

I'm taking the article's claims at face value. I'd be disappointed if the author lied and the specs were listed at his merchant's website, but it doesn't really change his conclusion about secure boot: "Software freedom requires vigilance and I fear that is more true now than it was a year ago. Be careful when shopping for new computers, it is easy to purchase more trouble than one bargained for."

It doesn't say it on the product page itself but if you go to the downloads section and read through the manual it makes several references to UEFI, how to get access to the UEF command line, how to UEFI boot off a USB thum drive etc. The issue ISN'T UEFI at all given that we've finally got a firmware that is properly documented and designed rather than a hacked together mess BUT if a vendor fails to test and debug their firmware then the issue has nothing to do with UEFI but the poor implementation of UEFI byt he said vendor and in all due respects the same thing can and has happened with traditional BIOS - I'm sure you remember not too long ago the Foxconn motherboard fiasco in reference to ACPI being deliberately incompatible with Linux. Having a traditional BIOS doesn't some how give you the magic of being protected from not being screwed over by lazy companies.

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