Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows The story about how secure boot for Windows 8, part of UEFI, will hinder the use of non-signed binaries and operating systems, like Linux, has registered at Redmond as well. The company posted about it on the Building Windows 8 blog - but didn't take any of the worries away. In fact, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, who originally broke this story, has some more information - worst of which is that Red Hat has received confirmation from hardware vendors that some of them will not allow you to disable secure boot.
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by kragil on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:38 UTC
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Every news outlet just needs to tell PC buyers that the option to turn it off is important. Give negative points in reviews and make comparison sites highlight the option.
If mainboards/PC without the option to turn it off don't sell well the market will make sure that the option will be available.

That is what would would happen in a perfect world... ;) I think we need to be worried.

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Informing the public isn't good enough
by JoeBuck on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 23:35 in reply to "Information"
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Major vendors should be told that if their inexpensive machines don't provide a way to disable secure boot, or provide some other means to boot non-Microsoft operating systems, they'll be hit with antitrust suits for conspiring with a convicted monopolist to suppress competition.

Otherwise they'll provide only a special line of "developer machines" or "technical workstations" that cost hundreds more, so instead of a Windows tax you'll have to pay a hefty premium if you want to run Linux, BSD, or some other OS on your machine.

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