I stumbled across these two links on the UEFI implementation in some Lenovo PCs, where the Lenovo UEFI implementation insists on Windows8 being in the NVRAM else the PC won’t boot:
- Lenovo Forum - note UEFI work around for Lenovo requiring Windows in NVRAM on ThinkStation S30
- Information on report of Lenovo Thinkcentre M92p locking in Operating System to Windows
… this is all very worrying for a GNU/Linux user, where sometimes one can be left with the impression that hardware suppliers want to lock their hardware into a single company for the operating system provision (ie lock in to Microsoft and MS-Windows), and given that ‘operating system’ provider has what many claim to be a monopoly on the personal computer market (for desktop PCs and for laptops), does cause concern that this could be a symptom of the Microsoft desktop monopoly being abused (where the cause behind the symptom would need to be flushed out - ie is this because Microsoft mostly control the OEM market for desktop/laptop operating system provision ? (and by incentives/discounts can financially control what OS goes on a desktop/laptop as OEM ? ). ← but thats a Soap box topic … and I confess I’m more concerned about practicalities in working around this if it were to become more widespread.
I assume there are MS-Windows boot loaders that one could use to boot GNU/Linux for UEFI hardware (in such a case where a UEFI firmware insists on windows being the NVRAM selection) ?