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…such decisions are left to the OEM. There may be good reasons why certain enterprises may not want PCs that can be configured in such a way, and there may be good reasons why an OEM or white box retailer may choose to allow that flexiblity (sic) for their customers. It’s all about choice and flexibility...At the end of the day, the customer is in control of their PC. Microsoft’s philosophy is to provide customers with the best experience first, and allow them to make decisions themselves. We work with our OEM ecosystem to provide customers with this flexibility. The security that UEFI has to offer with secure boot means that most customers will have their systems protected against boot loader attacks.
It would never be an issue for those that understand what "secure boot" is... just don't buy a "Designed for Windows 8" PC without first checking that secure boot can be disabled... or asking if it is Linux compatible (if they say it is... you can return it if it isn't)Or self build.
Leaving the possible hardware upgrade issues aside, It will only really become an issue a few years down the road... anyone buying a "Designed for Windows 8" PC now, is likely to keep Windows on it (or know to have checked)... the problems will arise when the system is a few years old, and people decide "sod Windows", I'll install Linux, *then* find they can't .. but something tells me there will be a workaround by then I suspect the only real difference it will make to Linux, is that when telling someone how to install Linux, the first instruction will probably be:-Go to your BIOS and disable "secure boot"... or similar.
Thinking about it... it *may* cause more component/system manufacturers to label their products as "Linux compatible" which can only be a good thing... imagine, all Dell PC's and ASUS motherboards carrying 2 stickers... "Designed for Windows 8" AND "Linux compatible" .. and M$ discovering they've shot themselves in the foot again by creating an environment where hardware manufacturers feel the need to effectively provide free advertising for Linux Something else that jumps out at me... if there is no option to disable secure boot, isn't this going to cause a major headache when you need to boot recovery and/or diagnostic software that hasn't had it's key included (so there will be no booting of recovery/diagnostic software that was made after your motherboard) ?We all know that the Win8 UEFI signature key will be cracked and available (to malware writers, etc.) before Win8 is released anyway
After all, it won't be M$ who have to fend off the complaints.... .
A vendor appears to have actually written additional code to check whether an OS claims to be Windows before it'll let it boot. Someone then presumably tested booting RHEL on it and discovered that it didn't work. Rather than take out that check, they then addded another check to let RHEL boot as well.
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