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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As long as it is enabled by default it is still bad.

Why? Other than you long reasons that you have made up.
It means trojans won't be able to install stuff into the BIOS ... apparently security is bad.

You are stiling going to be pressing an F<key> at boot an alternative OS ... or something similar.

Edited 2011-11-04 00:28 UTC

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