Quote: Originally Posted by theog
UEFI & Secure Boot are not Mircosoft.
You're missing the entire point. Any piece of computer that is "certified" for use with Windows 8, as in any computer that gets to party with the Windows 8 sticker, is obliged by Microsoft's requirements to activate UEFI Secure Boot and as a consequence bars any OS that does not have a security key from Microsoft from booting up. Computers that are "certified" for use with Windows 8 are going to make up the majority of the consumer desktop/laptop market. You see where this is going?
Microsoft through their Windows 8 certification program and abuse of UEFI Secure Boot is dictating what operating system a user can run on their hardware, in this case specifically Windows 8 and nothing else, unless the other software vendors and developers in question decide to pay Microsoft for the right to boot up on UEFI Secure Boot-enabled Windows 8-certified PCs. Microsoft to stop Linux, older Windows, from running on Windows 8 PCs | ZDNet
The link above sums up what Microsoft is doing with UEFI Secure Boot nicely, I believe.
In addition, Microsoft has proven themselves to be anything but expedient and cooperative
in distributing security keys even when Linux put up the white flag and decided to buy one in lieu of a workaround around UEFI Secure Boot.
You can say that Microsoft isn't stepping on users' rights all you want, but the fact remains that Microsoft is abusing UEFI Secure Boot in such a way as to forcibly ensure a Windows 8 monopoly on the general consumer PC market.