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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Needed actions
by js3456 on Sat 24th Sep 2011 20:24 UTC
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Cracking the bios is not the solution. First because only power users will resort to this solution, so it will deepen the divide with the other users.
Second because every time someone will be called to help a friend or a colleague whose PC is not booting any more the use of tools like Partition Magic won't be possible. We can't crack any PC we put the hands on.Third reason, the most important is that cracking the bios has always a risk. Being forced to run the risk of damaging your own device because it follows the orders or of the vendor is not right.

What we should do is step up the pressure. Ask Red Hat and Canonical to team up setting up a site that informs everyone what hardware is usable. We already know that the clients will never be informed properly. A full list of brands and models with their capabilities will scare the vendors pushing them to be more flexible.

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