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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nonoitall
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2011-09-22

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

Not to a very wide extend. Right now, if you buy a laptop/desktop PC and put in your own boot CD or USB stick, you can pretty much count on your computer to be able to boot from it. The OEM might cripple your ability to overclock or tweak advanced settings, but at least you can boot from any attached boot device.

This secure boot "feature" is designed to blow away that behavior, and allowing the user to disable or control this "feature" has been labeled "optional".

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