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My summary of what's going on with Linux, UEFI, and Secure boot. The title says it all. 
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good article, thanks. I am glad that my days of dual-booting are long over. These days if I want a Linux box I build it from scratch and make sure hardware is compatible.
I've got enough quad or dual core boards/chips to honestly last my lifetime.  But yeah, any purchase for a computer for me will be via System 76.
We will be forced to buy our computers with Linux pre-installed. A nice side-effect is that we won't pay for an MS Windows licence on a PC that will run Linux anyway. Statistics will be more balanced too. UEFI might be a good thing in the end.
I've just bought a HP Elite 7500. It came with FreeDOS. I installed Arch Linux on it with UEFI boot. No bootloader. The UEFI firmware directly boots the Linux kernel. No BIOS. Perfect. If I go in the computer setup and try to enable Secure Boot it warns with a full red screen that this is for Windows and other OS might not boot after enabling it. So I didn't. I don't need Windows. To cut the story short, if you need a PC only for Linux, buy one with FreeDOS, it's a safe bet. 
I like this (even though it might not as well have been Linus that made it, himself):
"In the meantime, Linus Torvalds has merged two changes into Linux, which will prevent the Samsung-laptop kernel driver from being activated when Linux is booted with UEFI. This means that within the next few days, as the change progresses from the kernel to the various Linux distributions, you'll be able to boot Linux on these systems without bricking them."
Got a new PC yesterday; chose one with Windows 7. Installing Lubuntu to dual-boot was perfectly easy, no tinkering necessary.
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