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All, Anyone discussing Windows 8 with Microsoft's UEFI/secure boot? Future Windows 8 hardware will come with "Secure Boot" technology enabled in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), meaning that only operating systems with an appropriate digital signature will be able to boot. On ARM-based hardware, it apparently won't be possible to disable Secure Boot. On x86 Windows machines, however, Microsoft did soften its stance to make that option possible; alternatively, users could be permitted to enroll their own keys. Anyone concerned by this? Patrick || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: Blog: ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at


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I am. It has significant impact on "non-MS" platforms like Linux, BSD or research operating systems (Plan9, Hurd, etc.). And, of course, down the track it could have more dystopian impacts, like this video: As a colleague shared on another mailing list: " 1. Secure Boot is bad and should not be allowed to go ahead in any form. 2. Secure Boot could be bad so we must ensure it can be disabled if needed. 3. Secure Boot is great, providing we have control over the keys our equipment recognises as valid. My personal position is the last one. I think Secure Boot could work well, if I can remove the Microsoft keys (since they're bound to be compromised sooner or later) and install my own, only allowing my chosen Linux kernels to boot and nothing else." I would agree with the him - secure boot is okay if the end user still has control. N On 6 August 2012 08:46, Alan Katz wrote: > > > Sent from my Android phone using TouchDown ( > > >

Yes, it is a concern.  Under the disguise of OS security, Microsoft is forcing the industry into a “closed-architecture” design which will benefit them financially for years to come.  Although I am not anti-Microsoft, I believe consumers should be able to install their choice of OS including dual-boot systems, without the consent of a computer manufacturer.  Those who desire entirely MS-based or MS-approved environments are certainly free to acquire such, but not at the expense of the rest of those who do not.   


Tracey Snyder

University of Kentucky College of Education

ITC Department

Information Systems Technical Support



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Subject: Re: [CIO] Microsoft, UEFI Secure Boot


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What harm do you see in this?