Solving the “Secure Boot” Problem: Don’t Let Windows 8 Secure Boot

The division M$ has wrought in the ranks of OEMs and GNU/Linux distros has a very simple solution. OEMs can refuse to install M$’s key and the world will be at peace and “8” will not boot on any PCs. I think that is the best solution for the time being.

“Ultimately, Secure Boot’s design mandates that Microsoft’s key is on every PC because of core UEFI driver signing, Shuttleworth pointed out.”

see Windows 8 Secure Boot: Two Linux Distros Respond | PCWorld Business Center.

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6 Responses to Solving the “Secure Boot” Problem: Don’t Let Windows 8 Secure Boot

  1. Clarence Moon writes that it’s OK for the world to subsidize Wintel….“Simply because the majority of buyers by far are going to use Windows and the default should be Windows to minimize support requirements and thus costs.”

    That just adds a layer to the lock-in. The world does not owe M$ a living. If anything, the world should ask M$ to pay them to use M$’s stuff if they want other special privileges.

  2. Clarence Moon says:

    Why does M$ get “enabled by default” when GNU/Linux gets, “user must tweak the firmware to load his OS”

    Simply because the majority of buyers by far are going to use Windows and the default should be Windows to minimize support requirements and thus costs. A few cranks may insist on Linux, but they are generally also equipped to figure out the mechanisms for doing so. Everyone wins here. Their computer works out of the box for the Windows users and there is a way to install Linux for the few who want to do that.

  3. Viktor wrote, “You can disable Secure Boot. What else do you want!?”

    I want equal treatment of OS. Why does M$ get “enabled by default” when GNU/Linux gets, “user must tweak the firmware to load his OS”. As you well know the vast majority of users of PCs never tweak their firmware nor install an OS. This is another barrier to entry. This is an anti-competitive act.

    I see a few machines are now on the market with “upgrade rights” to “8”. They seem to be able to boot “7” just fine. Are users going to have to tweak firmware to upgrade to “8”? We shall see.

  4. kozmcrae says:

    Viktor wrote:

    “The world is not revolving around you, Lumberjack Bob.”

    Angry, arrogant, the Cult of Microsoft. Viktor needs to dig because he’s on the wrong side of what is good for society. Microsoft is bad for society Viktor. FLOSS is good for society. It’s good for the economy. It creates jobs. Microsoft sucks money out of countries and into its own coffers, never to be seen again.

    You are against creating jobs Viktor. Do you feel all warm and fuzzy inside now? I bet you do.

  5. Ivan says:

    Aren’t you basically just whining because the SPI won’t pay for Debian’s keys unlike Canonical and Fedora?

  6. Viktor says:

    You can disable Secure Boot. What else do you want!? You love to tinker, so entering the firmware is right up your alley. But no, you complain, and complain, and complain …

    The world is not revolving around you, Lumberjack Bob.

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