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[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by shmerl on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

So the proof is just "most probably because of business reasons they wont"? Doesn't sound assuring enough, since those reasons are not set in stone. While no rule mandates OEMs to give the user an ability to control UEFI keys or disabling it altogether - there is a risk of having a computer which won't boot what user wants.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

RAH RAH RAH RAH ...

I have never really worked in IT


Windows 7 is supported til 2020 ... most large businesses are only just thinking about moving to it and doing testing ... the will probably never move to Windows 8 ... and move to Windows 9 afterwards ... or LCARS for all I know ...

But Windows 7 is going to be around for the next good few years as well as Businesses that will use XP forever and ever ... will need new hardware and just will make sure it is VMed or on a seperate non-internet enabled network (like much of our clients with Windows 2000).

Edited 2011-11-03 22:20 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by Soulbender
by shmerl on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:22 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

XP is still supported, while it's not uncommon to have laptops that can't work with XP because manufacturers didn't care (no drivers), targeting them only for Vista for example. So forget about business reasons, we are talking about having solid standards and rules.

Edited 2011-11-03 22:23 UTC

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