Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2012 16:37 UTC
Linux It's sad that we need this, but alas - Matthew Garret has made a list of Linux distributions that boot on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot enabled. Tellingly enough, the list is short. Very short. Can someone hack this nonsense into oblivion please?
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Don't buy if you can't disable UEFI!
by benali72 on Sat 29th Dec 2012 18:59 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

The only solution is to refuse to buy a machine on which you can not disable secure boot. If enough people do this there will always be a decent pool of machines to pick from to run Linux etc.

Of course Microsoft's real aim is to destroy the aftermarket for used machines -- thereby forcing folks to buy new computers instead of re-using those that have Win 8 installed. Thus I hope this list grows considerably.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Every Windows 8-logo non-ARM device has to be able to disable secure boot feature, but enabled by default.

However every Windows 8-logo ARM-device has this enabled by default and does not have an off switch.

So basically you are saying: do not buy a Windows RT device.

We'll have to see how long that policy remains the way it is.

Edited 2012-12-30 11:39 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Seems life is more complicated than that:

http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/21189.html

:-(

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