Summary: A new draft of Microsoft’s Windows 8 hardware certification specs confirms what we already knew: the new Secure Boot feature won’t lock out Linux on hundreds of millions of new PCs. But Linux backers are demanding the right to hack a new class of devices that doesn’t yet exist.
Lawyers have an old saying: If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law. If neither is on your side, pound the table.
A tiny but vocal minority of Linux fanatics are pounding the table today over a new security feature called Secure Boot that will be introduced in Windows 8, shrilly accusing Microsoft once again of a conspiracy to “lock out” Linux.
They are pounding the table because the facts are not on their side. Very large market forces are not on their side. Any prospective Windows 8 user should not be on their side.
So what’s really going on?