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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by darknexus on Sat 24th Sep 2011 20:20 UTC
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I wonder what this'll mean for those of us who like to self-build our machines. Granted we're a small niche, but we must be a big enough one since we can easily buy the components needed. I wonder about this from both sides, will our self-builds not be able to run Windows 8? What happens when trying to run Windows 8 without secure boot? On the other hand, will most purchasable motherboards have the same lock-in as many of the cheap PCs will, and will I not be able to build myself an awesome Linux machine anymore? Maybe I'd better stock up on some components just in case things go south.

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RE: Self-builds
by vault on Sun 25th Sep 2011 01:10 in reply to "Self-builds"
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Our self-builds won't be able to get Windows 8 logo certification. That's it. No sane person would want it on their self-built rig anyway.

It's the OEMs who seem to think that Windows sticker is the most important feature of their products.

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RE[2]: Self-builds
by tux68 on Sun 25th Sep 2011 06:54 in reply to "RE: Self-builds"
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It's the OEMs who seem to think that Windows sticker is the most important feature of their products.

They have definite financial reasons to value the Windows Logo program. It's how they qualify for special pricing and other incentives from Microsoft. Anyone who doesn't qualify will be hard pressed to compete in a market with such slim margins.

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