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[7]: Comment by Soulbender
by lucas_maximus on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Soulbender"
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What do you mean exactly.

My clients only have software that can run On windows 2000 or XP and they won't retrain their staff .. so what is the answer ...

Comon ... what is it?

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RE[8]: Comment by Soulbender
by shmerl on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Soulbender"
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I mean that the argument like "manufacturers will care about supporting both Windows 7 and 8 on each machine" is not true. Practice showed that they didn't do it with previous versions of Windows, so why suddenly they would do it now.

Edited 2011-11-03 22:40 UTC

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On Commercial kit ... most consumers won't care. If they really want to run Linux/<Alt OS> they will just buy the kit that can.

Businesses will mandate this ... so because most vendors wish to do a little as possible, expect that both commercial and business versions have very similar firmware ...

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