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How MS may stop you from installing your own OS

EponymousCustard (1442693) writes | more than 2 years ago

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EponymousCustard (1442693) writes "Redhat developer Matthew Garrett provides details of how Microsoft require that UEFI secure boot is a requirement of conforming to the Windows 8 Logo program. The side effect is that "A system that ships with only OEM and Microsoft keys will not boot a generic copy of Linux" (or other unsigned operating system for that matter). I think he is right to suggest we should be concerned."
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Antitrust! (1)

Kristian T. (3958) | more than 2 years ago | (#37465644)

Antitrust authorities will prevent this scenario. Still, ther'll be some OEM that don't care for customer freedom and lock down their preinstalled OS with this featute - but we'll just vote with our feet against that.

Only problems are that eventually Apple will do the same, and prevent me from running Linux on the Air I wan't for christmas. Also video rental services will lock you out if you're not running in "secure" mode. That, however, is not going to happen until UEFI/TPM enabled computers have replaced the current offerings - and Windows7 (or older) has dwindelled to 10% of the customer base. That last thing is not going to happen any day soon - and the market will have moved a lot before it does.

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