Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Linux "Red Hat, Canonical and the Linux Foundation have laid out a set of recommendations for hardware vendors in hopes of preserving the ability to install Linux on Windows 8 machines. Windows 8 machines should ship in a setup mode giving users more control right off the bat, the groups argue." Group hug-cheer combo for Red Hat, Canonical, and the Linux Foundation please.
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by Alfman on Mon 31st Oct 2011 16:18 UTC in reply to "..."
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Straho,

"I hope small and local OEMs to get this chance and produce non-windows hardware. For example Pardus will equip turkish schools with linux computers and tablets. That's big opportunity and must be used be local companies and governments."

Interesting, MS is generally the benefactor of secure boot because they are a monopoly in most places. But in theory, secure boot could be used to exclude windows in favor of something else. Some people might enjoy the revenge aspect, but personally I'd be just as disappointed in my lack of control over my own machine.

Once a repressive government regime gets ahold of this and mandates their own keys in consumer gear, only then will people realize how Orwellian secure boot really is.

Edit: Just because I don't want people misrepresenting my view, I'd like to state again that a secure boot feature is a good thing, but only if it's entirely under the control of the true owner. A secure boot specification which allows for the possibility of the owner to be permanently locked out by third parties is nefarious.

Edited 2011-10-31 16:29 UTC

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