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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RE: Do Microsoft Respond Like This?
by mjg59 on Tue 5th Feb 2013 00:55 UTC in reply to "Do Microsoft Respond Like This?"
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Windows 8 systems and Chromebooks both default to only running signed software. Windows 8 systems and Chromebooks both permit you to disable all signature validation. Windows 8 systems permit the end user to choose to use their own keys instead of the vendor ones. Chromebooks don't. The user doesn't have the freedom to deny unwanted software from running on their system. It's a valuable freedom that Google don't currently provide, and it's completely fair to say that the Chromebooks provide less user freedom as a result.

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