Re: Microsoft requires that Windows 8-certified machines use UEF
partly yes, partly no.
I got the impression that it exists and oems might make use of it, do I have it wrong?
If OEMs want to have a certification, aka "designed for Windows 8" or something, they need to have this secure boot activated. And in this specification, which lists the requirements which have to be fullfilled if an OEM wants to certify his hardware for Windows 8, does not say "secure boot can be switched off by the user". So to me it seems that the user cannot switch off this secure boot if he bought a certified computer.
But I think, not certified computers may have the option to switch off "secure boot". So it is up to the hardware manufacturer to implement it, but if they don´t, they don´t get the sticker "designed for Windows 8"... and maybe their copies of Windows 8 will cost more, as I think that Microsoft will give some extra discounts to the OEMs who are willing to lock-in their customers.
In general I think this is another move of Microsoft to fight and destroy Linux and other operating systems. Another move which will fail and which will again show how ridiculous these guys are.
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