View Full Version : Windows 10 to make the Secure Boot alt-OS lock out a reality

At its WinHEC hardware conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft talked about the hardware requirements for Windows 10. The precise final specs are not available yet, so all 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. Hardware can be Designed for Windows 10 and can offer no way to opt out of the Secure Boot lock down.
The presentation is silent on whether OEMS can or should provide support for adding custom certificates.

Windows Operating System.
A 64 bit update to a 32 bit extension and a graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprossessor, written by a 2 bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition.

The world needs to wake up and tell Microsoft NO MORE, By not buying it's crappy overpriced insecure so called Operating System.

This, therefore, is why ms is offering windows 10 for free. To wipe out competition. Nice quote in your definition of a windows operating system NickAu.

Pretty sure the free offering of Win 10 is not aimed at Linux. MS wants as many people using 10 as possible to boost demand for it's mobile devices, counting on the cross-platform capability of 10 to be a selling point. If people have 10 on their desktop, why not have a phone that runs 10, and a tablet that runs 10, game system that runs 10, smart watch that runs 10, etc.

Linux isn't the sort of competition that MS will lose sleep over, it is a small percentage of desktop and laptop market.

Are this type of locked down machine on sale yet, or won't users wanting to set up dual boots have to worry about this until after windows 10 is released in spetember/october/november?

OEM's that do opt to lock things down though will soon find themselves being named and shamed, which will ultimately hurt reputations and sales.