Ubuntu details its UEFI secure boot plans
Posted Jul 4, 2012 2:56 UTC (Wed) by giraffedata
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You don't qualify for the Windows 8 sticker without the ability to rekey and disable secure boot.
I don't think that's so. From what I can tell from various reports on the web, Microsoft defines a "custom mode" in which the user has the ability to rekey and disable secure boot, but it is optional for Windows 8 certified computers. And for ARM systems, it isn't even an option -- custom mode is prohibited.
For those where it's optional, I predict manufacturers will provide it, and other commentators seem to agree, but there is still an objection to the Windows 8 certification program because it's not easy enough to enter custom mode - the computer is required to ship in "standard mode" (boots only Microsoft-approved things) by default and you have to go into a machine setup dialog to do it (obviously, standard mode doesn't let an installer program just switch out of standard mode programmatically).
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