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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by WereCatf on Sat 29th Dec 2012 19:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

What about the list of distros that boot on Windows 8 PCs with secure boot disabled, because, you know, Microsoft acquiesced to pressure and makes the ability to disable secure boot a requirement for the Windows 8 logos...


Well, the thing is, they do not mandate how one must be able to disable secure boot -- OEMs are free to use whatever means they want. This could include a physical switch on the motherboard or having to call up the OEM for an unlocking - key or whatever they feel like.

It all makes it quite a bit more difficult for novice users to try Linux, and it makes development of custom OSes even harder.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sat 29th Dec 2012 19:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Any of those solutions requires added complexity that an OEM will likely not add. A physical switch? That's an extraordinarily expensive solution (It would be useful in specific situations, and if an OEM does implement this, would likely be as a value-add option). A phone call to retrieve an unlock code? Again, that's extra complexity in the support side. OEMs have no reason make this more difficult; They don't benefit when users DON'T install Linux.

No, the simplest way to implement this is just an on/off in the firmware setup, right next to all the other options that are usually available. There are few reasons NOT to implement it this way.

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