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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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

That argument is stupid ...

e.g.

I have YET to do a commit a massacre ... therefore I might because I haven't yet ???

Most of these decisions are due to the corp policy.

Edited 2011-09-24 21:49 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,

"That argument is stupid ... "

Frankly, I was thinking the same thing as shotsman before he said it.

"I have YET to do a commit a massacre ... therefore I might because I haven't yet ???"

This is a new feature which is designed to shut down unsigned software, that's the whole purpose of it's existence. Why do you think it will obviously be optional on OEM systems that are "designed for windows 8"?

If you were in charge of how this feature was implemented, would you hardcode exclusively microsoft/OEM keys into the firmware, or would you allow the end user to control their own keys?

Edited 2011-09-24 22:09 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The option is quite clearly highlighted that you can disable.

As with Companies locking down the BIOS ... there will be those companies that do this to UEFI as well .. and those that don't.

I fail to see how this is any different whether it is UEFI or BIOS ... the same situation exists to some extent now.

It is upto the consumer to do their research before hand ... like in every other industry. If you want the best deal you gotta do your research.

Edited 2011-09-24 22:42 UTC

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