In our news report last week, there were concerns raised by a Red Hat developer with regards to the overbearing security measures that may hinder consumers from dual-booting with Windows 8 and Linux. Microsoft has addressed these concerns by saying that it is simply taking advantage of UEFI to protect against boot loader attacks, and that it supports OEMs having the flexibility to decide whether users can manage security certificates and/or disable secure boot.
Red Hat developer Matthew Garrett, whose postings originally raised the issue, responded by saying that the equipment manufacturer is under no obligation to provide users with the ability to disable secure boot. Beyond the use of third-party operating systems, he argues that the approach might also hamper the ability of users to upgrade components such as graphics cards, because there is no requirement to provide the user with the capability of installing additional keys.
As a demonstration of empowering the consumer to control their PC, the Samsung tablet distributed at the BUILD conference with Windows 8's Developer Preview release allows for secure boot to be easily disabled.
At this juncture, it is difficult to say how things will pan out as some OEMs can opt to reduce costs by cutting the option to disable secure boot while others may do otherwise. For users who will want to dual-boot another operating system on their Windows 8 machine, or plan to upgrade certain components in the future, it would be prudent to do some research on this issue.
For more information on Microsoft's response to this matter, please follow this link.