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Submission + - How MS may stop you from installing your own OS (dreamwidth.org) 1

EponymousCustard 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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How MS may stop you from installing your own OS

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  • 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

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