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 noamsml on Sat 24th Sep 2011 16:20 UTC in reply to "Stop whining!"
noamsml
Member since:
2005-07-09

I think you're missing the point. I'm sure most OSNews users are fine with UEFI -- it's a great feature. However, it's only a feature if it can be turned off. Think of it like this: Cake is great. I love cake. Sometimes I want to eat cake, and sometimes I want to eat things that aren't cake. If someone gives me cake, I'll probably enjoy it. If someone gives me cake and then stops me from eating anything else ever, I'd be pretty upset. And in poor health.

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RE[2]: Stop whining!
by Alfman on Sat 24th Sep 2011 16:30 in reply to "RE: Stop whining!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

noamsmi,

"I think you're missing the point. I'm sure most OSNews users are fine with UEFI -- it's a great feature. However, it's only a feature if it can be turned off."

Well, there are three issues that I've picked up on so far. In order of significance, they are:

1. Turn the flag off to boot alternative OS at all.
2. The ability to dual boot linux and windows without reconfiguring the bios each time.
3. The ability to actually use the feature under linux instead of merely disabling it.

Even if secure boot can be disabled, linux users still have legitimate concerns about the other two unnecessary restrictions built into the computer.

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