Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:10 UTC
Google "People are, unsurprisingly, upset that Microsoft have imposed UEFI Secure Boot on the x86 market. A situation in which one company gets to determine which software will boot on systems by default is obviously open to abuse. What's more surprising is that many of the people who are upset about this are completely fine with encouraging people to buy Chromebooks. Out of the box, Chromebooks are even more locked down than Windows 8 machines." Good point.
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One little difference
by darknexus on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:35 UTC
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You can easily turn SecureBoot off on a Chromebook, even the ARM version. Enable developer mode, and there you go. Can I turn that off on an RT tablet?
For me, what matters is not if the machine has a secure boot mechanism or not, it's whether I am the one in control of whether that feature is turned on or off. It's the same reason I don't mind OS X 10.8 being limited to signed apps by default: I can turn it off with a few clicks and the way to do this isn't even obscure or hidden. So, in the case of a Chromebook, I am the one in control of the feature, so it wouldn't bother me that it's there.

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