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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Honestly OEM aren't going to give the Win7 market up after most Corps are just moving to it.

This is short-sighted (and I've seen it multiple times from multiple people).

In the short term I think you're right - for desktop/workstation/server (and not for smaller stuff like tablets and notebooks), OEMs will want to support Win7; and other OSs (Linux, Solaris, the three BSDs, etc) will only be screwed on some of the smaller stuff.

In the longer term, OEMs will eventually forget about Win7 (in the same way that no sane OEM cares about Win98 anymore). This is what other OSs (and companies like Redhat, and organisations like FSF and GNU) should be worried about - not the next few years, but the next few decades.

A man jumps off of a 20 storey building. While passing the tenth floor observers hear him say "Going well so far"...

- Brendan

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