Windows 8 Secure boot - Blocking hardware and software like nobodies business
A new security measure introduced with Windows 8 requiring so-called secure boot keys could make it more difficult for consumers to load other operating systems including Linux on OEM Microsoft-certified machines pre-loaded with the software.
Depending on whom you talk to, this is a massive violation of consumer freedom that might (or should) draw anti-trust scrutiny from authorities such as the EU — or it is a desirable defense against malware that just so happens to coincidentally inconvenience a small, if vocal, group of power users.
What say you, Edugeeks?
Anti-trust violation to ensure market monopoly?
Or necessary evil for system security?
Personally, I'm not impressed. But, unless a large number of their target market say something, it'll stay the same.
From that I saw last Microsoft have a ~90% market share, and it seems they want to keep it. Even if it means actively disabling free choice.
New graphics card? It isn't signed, you can't use it.
New HDD? Nope, can't use that either.
Don't agree with Microsoft's decision? Sucks to be you then, you can't change the OS.