Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 19:34 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Hardware, Embedded Systems A big issue right now in the world of operating systems - especially Linux - is Microsoft's requirement that all Windows 8 machines ship with UEFI's secure boot enabled, with no requirement that OEMs implement it so users can turn it off. This has caused some concern in the Linux world, and considering Microsoft's past and current business practices and the incompetence of OEMs, that's not unwarranted. CNet's Ed Bott decided to pose the issue to OEMs. Dell stated is has plans to include the option to turn secure boot off, while HP was a bit more vague about the issue.
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RE: Just to show
by satan666 on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 20:47 UTC in reply to "Just to show"
satan666
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2008-04-18

this is just another overblown topic purely based on fear and ignorance.
There are things wrong with UEFI and this ain't one of them.

This is a very underblown topic. The proof is the fact that HP has no clue about this issue.
Yes it is based on fear because we all know Microsoft. I'll leave the ignorance to you.
This is by far the most important issue of UEFI.
Microsoft has no interest in disabling this "feature". I'd say that Microsoft has a strong interest in locking the users to its own operating system.
The new standard is being made right now. It is extremely important that this standard is made right from the very beginning, before it is implemented. Because after that it will be very hard to change. We can't wait and see how this UEFI will be. We must act now and make sure it is right.

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v RE[2]: Just to show
by lucas_maximus on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 20:50 in reply to "RE: Just to show"
RE[2]: Just to show
by Neolander on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 21:01 in reply to "RE: Just to show"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Speaking of standards being made right now, I hope that this proposal to the UEFI standards body will get somewhere.

http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/6503.html

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