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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RE: OS repair tools too!
by Lazarus on Mon 26th Sep 2011 01:06 UTC in reply to "OS repair tools too!"
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Don't forget: most OS repair tools boot under modified versions of Linux or DOS. Requiring signed binaries to run basically means that no repair tools will be able to recover your system.

To the best of my limited knowledge, most newer implementations of UEFI are 64 bit, so DOS recovery tools wouldn't work anyway as the system wouldn't have real-mode available. I could be wrong.

Also to the best of my limited knowledge, most people would be using Windows Recovery Console for OS repair, assuming of course they don't just take the machine into the shop to have it fixed.

As long as there is an option to disable the feature, I'm personally fine with it. Implemented properly, It is a good idea. The best thing one who is interested in alternative software can do is make sure they only buy machines that have the option to disable UEFI secure boot/have the ability in the firmware setup to add/remove keys.

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