With Windows 10, OEMs Will be Able to Lock Secure Boot
People who have, in the past, liked to be able to lunch other operating systems like Linux on their hardware which originally come with Microsoft’s operating system are not going to like this one, specially if they are going to use Windows 10.
In previous iterations of Windows, it was possible to switch to other operating systems because Microsoft had made it mandatory on the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that they include a disable button in the BIOS so that the Secure Boot feature can be turned off – allowing other non-Microsoft operating systems to be run.
For those who do not know, Secure Boot is actually a tool installed for increased protection on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) based computers. What it does is that it creates a blockade that does not let unauthorised software to be run on the computer while the machine is being booted. It checks for valid signatures on everything that is being run.
This in turns stops many malicious software from being run. The problem that some of the users had with this is that it also checks the operating system for validity. So if the Secure Boot feature is on, it will not allow any other operating system to be run, like Linux.
As I said up there, all was fine until now thanks to the mandatory disable button that let users shut down Secure Boot.
This will change with Windows 10, as Microsoft has now made the disable button optional on all the devices that ship with their upcoming operating system. Natural speculation suggests that this could lead to OEMs taking the opportunity and letting go of the disable button for good.
The reveal was made at a hardware conference, WinHEC, which was held in Shenzen, China. Now it doesn’t completely lock Linux out (there have been attempts to get the appropriate certificates for Linux), but it does make it harder since all certificates and all OEMs won’t be on board with this.
Potentially, this could be a nightmare for Linux!
What is your take on the matter? Do you think the Secure Boot disable button should be optional or mandatory in Windows 10?