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[3]: Comment by Luminair
by WorknMan on Sat 24th Sep 2011 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Even if we can, we'd have to reflash the bios for the hack to be persistent. This is possible but every single motherboard would need a custom hack in order remain jailbroken. Also, there's a serious risk of bricking the motherboard this way.


Right, which is why I said they'll either find a way to unlock it, OR just buy a motherboard that's already unlocked. Since there are mobos that are friendly to overclockers (who are definitely a niche group), I have no doubt that there will be manufacturers selling unlocked boards as well.

As for the mainstream, it's pretty much all over. As you said, they would only care about these restrictions if it happens to bite them, but for the majority of the population, it's not going to. So if things go as projected, we're just gonna have to choose our PCs/laptops carefully, because there probably are not enough enthusiasts out there to make a big enough stink about this for most major PC vendors to care.

Edited 2011-09-24 17:58 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 24th Sep 2011 21:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
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2007-03-30

By the time your dire predictions come true, we'll be talking about android laptops sitting next to windows laptops in stores. ARM android, ARM windows.

At that point, there will be a viable alternative operating system to Windows. Sold in stores, next to Windows. Using the same hardware. And the question will be: Can you change the operating system on your computer?

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