Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows After the walled garden coming to the desktop operating system world, we're currently witnessing another potential nail in the coffin of the relatively open world of desktop and laptop computing. Microsoft has revealed [.pptx] that as part of its Windows 8 logo program, OEMs must implement UEFI secure boot. This could potentially complicate the installation of other operating systems, like Windows 7, XP, and Linux.
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by Icaria on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 06:42 UTC
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Could someone in the know explain the 'Windows Logo Programme'? It's in my limited understanding that signed bootloaders is a prerequisite for showing the 'Windows compatible' logo, not a prerequisite for getting an OEM licence to put Windows on your products.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, I hate this attitude of 'it'll be hacked anyway'. It took years for the current crop of consoles to be reliably compromised (not counting Wii) , there's plenty of phones that still haven't been cracked, even after years on the market and there's plenty of DRM'd media that hasn't been cracked. It's not a sure thing, not even close and the extra barriers to entry this presents, even if cracked, could prove enough to just about kill enthusiast computing.

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by Alfman on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 07:06 in reply to "."
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"Also, I hate this attitude of 'it'll be hacked anyway'."

Forcing manufacturers to include anti-features is wrong whether or not it's hackable.

"even if cracked, could prove enough to just about kill enthusiast computing."

And this is really where I have a problem with it. Instead of making computers more open and accessible for everyone, this secure boot severely discourages independent development and innovation.

* I'm running with the assumption that Matthew Garret is correct that owners will not be in possession of their own keys.

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