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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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17



It is an "option" that OEMs are required to include if the OEMs wish to put a "designed for Windows 8" sticker on their hardware.

No UEFI Secure boot, no "designed for Windows 8" sticker.

Optional. Sure.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

+1. Microsoft tries to wash hands as usual. Same garbage argument as in case of Windows tax, when MS says that manufacturers aren't forced to bundle anything, and if they do - refund can be claimed. In reality not only the vast majority bundle - to get a refund is close to impossible in most cases.

Same thing here. Microsoft will claim that OEM can give an option to disable the "secured" boot, but in reality OEMs won't do it and there will be no normal way for users to do it.

Edited 2011-09-23 04:18 UTC

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