Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:10 UTC
Google "People are, unsurprisingly, upset that Microsoft have imposed UEFI Secure Boot on the x86 market. A situation in which one company gets to determine which software will boot on systems by default is obviously open to abuse. What's more surprising is that many of the people who are upset about this are completely fine with encouraging people to buy Chromebooks. Out of the box, Chromebooks are even more locked down than Windows 8 machines." Good point.
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RE[2]: One little difference
by TechGeek on Tue 5th Feb 2013 00:21 UTC in reply to "RE: One little difference"
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"You can easily turn SecureBoot off on a Chromebook, even the ARM version. Enable developer mode, and there you go. Can I turn that off on an RT tablet?

So you didn't read the article.

Actually he has a good point, depending on how you define security. I don't consider a Microsoft tablet with RT secure as Microsoft is likely watching what you do. The same with the Chromebook with its native OS. I don't care how impossible it is to bypass Microsoft's security protocols since I don't trust Microsoft to start with. I do trust open software that anyone can vet for privacy breaches. And the Chromebook with dev mode lets me set up a device I can actually trust.

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RE[3]: One little difference
by Morgan on Tue 5th Feb 2013 01:17 in reply to "RE[2]: One little difference"
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It comes down to local security versus freedom of choice. If you want to choose to install your own OS, you must disable the security features of the firmware that prevent modified and/or unsigned kernels from being installed locally. You gain control over the hardware but lose the first line of defense. At that point it's up to you to harden your system, and if local security isn't a priority then you are left with a device not much different from previous generation x86 laptops.

Edit: deleted that flawed house analogy after re-reading it. Sorry.

Edited 2013-02-05 01:19 UTC

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