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: Possibly very good
by judgen on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 18:19 UTC in reply to "Possibly very good"
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Of course the OS can be modified. How else would you be able to do a windows update or install a servicepack that fixes kernel problems and exploits? It is just a matter of time before that security layer is broken and windows clients is as infected as they ever were before. The only side to this that makes sense for me is the argument of locking other OS'es out and securing the microsoft monopoly for a while longer.

Once it is backwards engineered (as that is legal in all countries) though it is fair game for all, and considering the number of hackers on x86 compared to code-monkeys that hacks on consoles, i would bet a legal backwards engineering effort would be set up fast and succeed in a rather short time.

In other words, i do not worry too much.

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