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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RE[2]: Option to Disable
by lemur2 on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 09:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Option to Disable"
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Why after Microsoft? It will be OEMs who implement this feature. If they are too lazy to allow disabling or they void warranty if user does then it is hardly MS fault.

Microsoft are saying that OEMs will only be allowed to display a "Made for Windows 8" sticker if UEFI Secure boot is enabled.

"Microsoft is trying to lock down system firmware to prevent malware and pirated copies of Windows. Unfortunately, this may have some undesirable side effects for Linux users and anyone else that wants to boot an operating system not officially blessed by Microsoft and OEMs. This poses a problem for hobbyists and large organizations alike.

This was discovered by Linux developer Matthew Garrett, who's been doing a lot of work with EFI booting in general for his day job. Recent UEFI specifications have allowed for "secure boot" that requires an OS to have a signed key in system firmware to work.

Microsoft is requiring that OEMs ship client systems with the secure boot enabled to get the Windows 8 logo. Of course, all major OEMs are going to want the Windows 8 logo. "

Edited 2011-09-22 10:02 UTC

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