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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RE: Stop whining!
by satsujinka on Sat 24th Sep 2011 01:49 UTC in reply to "Stop whining!"
satsujinka
Member since:
2010-03-11

You do realize that not only are your numbers off, but also your entire point.

The PC took off for the very reason that it was easily modifiable. Security has never been a concern. All a manufacturer who doesn't include the ability to shut off the "secure boot" option does is shoot themselves in the foot.

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RE[2]: Stop whining!
by BluenoseJake on Sat 24th Sep 2011 12:36 in reply to "RE: Stop whining!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

At first, the PC wasn't free at all, IBM owned the the original BIOS, and you couldn't build an open PC without it. Compaq reverse engineered the BIOS, and IBM took them to court and lost.

If IBM had of won, the PC market as it exists now wouldn't have existed at all.

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