And where do those companies get their hardware from if every mainboard out there is secure boot locked?
Also switching software vendor lock-in with hardware vendor lock-in is not a solution!
All other factors except this is just basic stuff.
We (humans) are in fact a complex kind of "fungus" because on a very low level the cells work in the same way like the cells in the "fungus"
That is the same with computers the basic stuff is very basic: "1/0" and some little logic "and/or/not"
But the complexity grow very fast.
Humans hardware is "basic" but the software part of the humans is very complex.
One of the biggest problems of the human race is the unbalanced gift of intelligence of the individuals.
But there is hope for this problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic
Guy, just in case you didn't notice: Secure Boot is enabled by deafult and was supposed to be switchable maybe in the "bios" setup program. On desktops. But even this might be too complicated for some people. A lot of them are afraid when they hear BIOS setup (okay it would be questionable if they'd try to install Linux but it might be easier for them).
But. On desktops. NOT on mobile devices, tables, phones, whatever. MS wants these dongled with Windows 8.
So tell me again who is to STFU...
Moreover I personally don't want that strange functionality in my hardware. Maybe it is a "sleeper". I also don't want tcpa/tpm there. Any padlock engine is far better anyway in terms of crypto functions if I need them.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!
The fact that we allow some international standard to be locked to Microsoft is the first alarm bell that should go off.
By playing into their game you give them validity for some perceived fairness when there is absolutely none.
Who do you think are the people microsft targeted with this approach? The new linux adopters/dualbooters are the ones who will suffer most from this. And my fear is that the tipping direction is towards win8 bevause it work out of the box, allways.
Someone with neutrality and no vested interests and well, trustworthy should be in charge of anything like this.
Don't you think that when you are unable to disable one setting in the firmware that you are not really smart enough to use Linux?