Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2012 16:37 UTC
Linux It's sad that we need this, but alas - Matthew Garret has made a list of Linux distributions that boot on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot enabled. Tellingly enough, the list is short. Very short. Can someone hack this nonsense into oblivion please?
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RE: Screw that.
by Brendan on Sun 30th Dec 2012 19:22 UTC in reply to "Screw that."
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Vote with your money... don't buy Windows 8-based ARM PCs.

Please don't call them "Windows 8-based ARM PCs" - they aren't.

Part of what makes a PC a personal computer is that the hardware is a completely different product to the software. The people designing the hardware don't care what software any specific consumer might decide to use, and consumers are able to install whatever software (including OS) that they feel like on it.

Almost all ARM systems are sold as a single ("hardware plus software") product , and they are not 2 separate products. For example, you might have a smart TV with software and an ARM CPU intended for one specific purpose, or have a telephone with an ARM CPU and software intended for one specific purpose, or have a tablet with an ARM CPU and software intended for one specific purpose. None of these things are intended to be generic and none of these things are "PCs".

What I can't understand is why secure boot is used for ARM systems at all. It's much easier to skip UEFI completely and have a locked down system by burning (at least part of) the OS into flash/ROM; which is what almost all ARM systems have done in the past.

- Brendan

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