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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Informing the public isn't good enough
by JoeBuck on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 23:35 UTC 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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