[kwlug-disc] Windows 8 OEM specs may block Linux booting

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Wed Sep 21 17:34:57 EDT 2011


I find it hard to believe that hardware vendors are going to want to get
on the circus ride of locked bootloaders for the sake of the software
people.  There are more than a couple of vendors that produce
motherboards which can be used for both Windows desktops/servers and
not-uncommon Linux servers.  Now they will have to keep two SKUs for
every motherboard that might possibly run Windows 8?

While it is a nice (over-)security measure, there are people who have
seen the folly of it and are turning away from such silliness.  Exhibit
A:  HTC on their smartphones.

Sounds like pure genius from Redmond on how to make life difficult for
customers and hardware suppliers.  They are just dreaming that they are
Apple and have control over the whole ecosystem.


On Wed, 2011-09-21 at 16:48 -0400, Eric Gerlach wrote:
> However, they may also want to continue to support Windows 7, which
> won't be signed either.
> 
> This won't be an instant Linux-killer.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> >
> > Apparently we may have to worry about breaking the digital locks on our PCs' boot systems before long...
> >
> > http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/205255/windows-8-oem-specs-may-block-linux-booting
> >
> >
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