Just came across this gem here on slashdot:
"Windows 8 PCs will use the next-generation booting specification
known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). In fact,
Windows 8 logo devices will be required to use the secure boot portion
of the new spec. Secure UEFI is intended to thwart rootkit infections
by using PKI authentication before allowing executables or drivers to
be loaded onto the device. Problem is, unless the device manufacturer
gives a key to the device owner, it can also be used to keep the PC's
owner from wiping out the current OS and installing another option,
such as Linux."
Network world has an article, too:
I wonder whether we'll have to start paying for "advanced features"
like being able to put other OSes on a computer when purchasing one in
the future... Does the EULA of Windows then still allow a refund if
you don't want the software? Will you be able to install something
else on the computer then? Or is this an opportunity to get lower
prices on computers if they come with Linux pre-installed (no key
necessary, no OEM fee)?
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174