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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What to do about this...
by Tsuroerusu on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:46 UTC
Tsuroerusu
Member since:
2006-12-17

"I'm not really sure what we can do at this point to prevent this from getting really bad."

I would suggest doing two things.

1. On the technical front, as you said, mobilize armies of Linux hackers, I would start by calling up the Germans (Who had a field-day cracking the Xbox 10 years ago), so that when the systems with neutered BIOSes start to show up, secure boot will face an ambush.

2. On the legal front, call up the European Commission, they have been hunting down Microsoft for a long time, they should be able to instantly see the problem here.

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RE: What to do about this...
by kristoph on Sat 24th Sep 2011 17:28 in reply to "What to do about this..."
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

This is an 'opt-in' program that Microsoft offers and Microsoft does not require that you buy a machine with a secure boot that cannot be turned off.

You can't call the EU and complain about Microsoft because some OEM's won't permit secure boot to be turned off. You might be able to complain about the OEM but not Microsoft.

There is already going to be a bunch of OEM's who build machines where secure boot can be turned off so you don't need to mobilize any hackers. The market has done the hack.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You might be able to complain about the OEM but not Microsoft.


You can complain about Microsoft using it's domainant position to indirectly force a change that is bad for consumers.

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