January 16th, 2012
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For those of you wondering what all the fuss is about:
In late 2011, there was a bit of a stink kicked up about Microsoft‘s new super-fast UEFI secure boot feature in Windows 8 which allows PC manufacturers to finally ditch the traditional BIOS in new PC’s.
(As a side note, Apple have been using EFI in Macs for years now. Windows 7 offered EFI support but PC manufacturers had little incentive to want to care. With the fast boot feature using UEFI, though, they will – hence it’s ‘sudden’ emergence onto the mainstream scene.)
With the way the secure-boot feature has been written, “software freedom” activists have voiced their concerns about how the feature would lock out the ability to dual boot into another OS such as Linux and would therefore constitute foul play. Microsoft have been fairly quiet on this but have put word out there that if people want to dual boot into other OS’s, they’ll be able to. The consensus seems to be that the feature will be difficult to reverse on Intel-based PC’s and that Microsoft are just avoiding discussion of the topic until after Windows 8 ships.