Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 11:11 UTC
Fedora Core "Fedora 18 will be released at around the same time as Windows 8, and as previously discussed all Windows 8 hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default. [...] We've been working on a plan for dealing with this. It's not ideal, but of all the approaches we've examined we feel that this one offers the best balance between letting users install Fedora while still permitting user freedom." Wait for it... "Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key."
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vaette
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2008-08-09

Doubt you would be able to even with $99 (suspect the program is such that you need to be able to verify your identity and aimed at companies), but for developers turning off secure boot is not a complex task. I do agree that we should all push hardware manufacturers to include the options both to change keys and turn of secure boot, I just find both Microsofts and Fedoras motivations in this case to be pragmatic and good.

Edited 2012-05-31 18:17 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

vaette,
"I do agree that we should all push hardware manufacturers to include the options both to change keys and turn of secure boot, I just find both Microsofts and Fedoras motivations in this case to be pragmatic and good."

I also hope for an outcome where consumers control their own hardware. However, microsoft designed secure boot this way on purpose. And of course consumers are explicitly denied control on ARM platforms by none other than microsoft.

My own guess is that the discrepancy exists because microsoft's own lawyers determined that they would quickly run afoul of antitrust law on the desktop space, but not in the tablet market. But I'm open to hearing other explanations.

Edited 2012-05-31 18:44 UTC

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