From what I've read, this not only affects Linux users. In fact, Linux DOES support UEFI.
Think about the *BSDs, think about the technicians not being able to fix shit because UEFI won't let them. There are many things wrong with this.
Also known as the devices that Microsoft currently offers free OEM licenses to.
Expect them to extend that to more hardware using SOCs along with the requirement to lock the device to Windows.
As SOC based devices become the norm even for the mid range expect it to become basically impossible for a normal person to be able to buy a computer that will run anything else.
Sure we'll still have component hardware at the high end, and developer focused SOC hardware at the low end but those aren't going to be mainstream products and that's going to drive the cost up, or the capabilities down.
Just wait a few years for Microsoft to make the claim that for safety reasons windows requires secure boot to function properly, and then they'll disable booting without secure boot on windows.
No one cares about those little organizations in the multi-billion dollar corporate world. The average pleb doesn't either, this is why it their blowback is not even a light breeze to them. 99% of the population doesn't give a shit, as long as they have their vidya.
Isn't Windows 10 supposed to be the last Windows non-server release? I thought they were only going to target Windows Server from Windows 10 on out, so this will be a non-issue. All their apps are going cloud-based.
There will always be a few OEMs that won't take the bribe for one reason or another. If you live in a country that actually has a justice system you could probably also invoke antitrust laws.
If you want to buy a laptop and install gentoo on it, you'll have to make sure it doesn't have 10 on it.
>you know have to actually look at OS compatibility on motherboards in addition to all the other shit because motherboards may exist where Win10 is the only OS allowed through secure boot which cannot be disabled
Sounds just great
And if you think they won't do it:
>every time you want to switch OSes you have to buy a new motherboard
Why the fuck would motherboard manufacturers NOT want you to have to do that?
OEMs used to be forced to not allow the user to disable secure boot if they wanted to be windows certified (which obviously all of them did). That was clearly better for end users.
I don't see how this is anti-trust.
The letter of the law says that it's up to the OEM to do what they want.
This is far different from Microsoft not allowing x86 OEMs to disable secureboot.
As an end user, this effects you practically not at all. All this means is that certain OEMs will get singled out and no one will buy from them.
>Microsoft also mandated that every system must have a user-accessible switch to turn Secure Boot off, thereby ensuring that computers would be compatible with other operating systems. Microsoft's rules also required that users be able to add their own signatures and cryptographic certificates to the firmware, so that they could still have the protection that Secure Boot provides, while still having the freedom to compile their own software.
> this is somewhat subject to change, but right now, Microsoft says that the switch to allow Secure Boot to be turned off is now optional.
TPM with user-definable keys is an excellent security measure. TPM without user control means that somebody else owns your computer. Previously, Microsoft required the former, which in my opinion was a good thing. Now it just requires a TPM, which means that manufacturers are free to build machines that only run the OEM OS. (They could already do this if they were willing to forgo putting a MS logo on the machine) Microsoft does NOT -require- anyone to build machines that only boot one OS, they are simply allowing it. I don't like Microsoft, and obviously this decision is bad for consumers, but if you're careful not to buy locked down hardware then this isn't a problem. Motherboards marketed to DIYers aren't going to be locked down, and neither are Android devices, so it seems like the risk of user-controllable computers disappearing completely only applies to laptops.
Just about to upgrade to botnet 10.
Do I need to transfer to a USB to do it? Or can I just mount it and install form therE?
built your own? it doesn't mean shit
bought a prebuilt? it's up to the manufacturer to decide to allow users to enable or disable secure boot and/or TPM. if you can't disable secure boot, you can't use anything that doesn't have a signed bootloader.