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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It's For Your Own Good!
by benali72 on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 04:53 UTC
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2008-05-03

Malware stats from groups like McAfee make clear bootloader attacks are rare. Security issues occur AFTER you're in Windows, not outside of Windows.

According to MS's blog post -- "Who is in control? At the end of the day, the customer is in control of their PC."

Baloney.

(See MS blog post here -- https://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/22/protecting-the-pre-os...)

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RE: It's For Your Own Good!
by shmerl on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 05:14 in reply to "It's For Your Own Good!"
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2010-06-08

They say the truth in the same post (they can't easily say outright lies), but they obscure it with tons of demagogy.

They write:

OEMs are free to choose how to enable this support

That's it. It means OEMs are in control, and not users. And Microsoft is happy to control OEMs as they already do - with rebates and other similar stuff.

Edited 2011-09-23 05:15 UTC

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RE: It's For Your Own Good!
by shmerl on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 15:11 in reply to "It's For Your Own Good!"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Heh, that MSDN blog censors out comments which prove how ridiculous their arguments are. Somehow I didn't expect from MS anything better anyway.

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