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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So don't buy from those OEM that do. Simple.

When Dell decided to sell laptop with Ubuntu preinstalled had to quickly bactrack. Eventually they decided to offer only a small number of overpriced and unappealing laptops. Was there Microsoft behind this decision?
I can't prove it, but the number of PCs with Linux preinstalled on the market is so small to sound an alarm bell. How many devices will we find on the market that are not locked ? It's not so simple as you put it.

"There are surely anti-trust issues if Microsoft effectively force OEMs to only allow Windows to be installed on machines

Which is why they will leave in the option

They can blame the OEMs and pressure them behind the doors. Did you forget the past anti-trust cases?

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