Reengineering the Windows boot experience - Building Windows 8

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Sep 27 08:58:19 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:46:27AM -0400, Ric Moore wrote:
> See? MicroSoft has again done what it has been so good at in the
> past, ...steal ideas from Apple. I also imagine that for those
> "richer capabilities", some hardware vendors could find themselves
> left out in the cold. And since "Members of the UEFI forum include
> Apple, IBM and BIOS giant Phoenix Technologies as well as Microsoft.
> ®" then we can guess just what players will be left alive. Got
> shares in AMD or nVidia? I'd expect to see them embrace Linux as
> their last stronghold for customers.

You can't infer anything particular from UEFI membership, and certainly
not from an extremely abbreviated membership list posted on a blog. indicates that AMD and NVIDIA are both
members of UEFI; but then so are Canonical and Red Hat!  (If you want to
use their mailing lists and get early access to specifications, you have
to be a member, so a pretty wide range of companies have a reason to

The UEFI specification itself lays out the mechanism for "secure boot",
but absolutely none of the policy.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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