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[–] T8nker 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

I switched to Linux months ago, this no longer affects me


[–] tribblepuncher [S] 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Actually it does.

The next version of UEFI has "upgrades" to secure boot that mean that it no longer needs to be possible to disable in order to comply with the standard. In fact, tablet makers are explicitly forbidden from having it possible to turn off Secure Boot.

It is not unrealistic that this will affect you when you have to cough up a ton of extra cash for system firmware that ensures you have an off switch so you can boot a kernel that isn't signed by Microsoft, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that new hardware without firmware that's been disabled for "security" just won't be readily available at some point.

Unfortunately it seems like I'm the only one that ever brings up that fun little side effect of all this. Hopefully it won't come to bite us all in the ass, but I'm not optimistic.


[–] T8nker 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I've gotten rid of MS completely, I don't run a dual system.


[–] pepepepepe 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The larger Linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora are still officially supported in SecureBoot. Still not acceptable in the slightest but at least it's not hopeless.

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[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ESSENCE 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There will always be vendors who are willing to compete with the Dell's of the world, and offer a system that will allow booting to Linux.