Dev wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 04:27: Because its supposed to be more secure. Prevent pre-boot time rootkits.
And without that little feature, hardware makers can't slap that little "Designed for windows 8" sticker on.
Maybe. My guess would be the worst case scenario would be a readily available BIOS update would allow the loading of "another OS." BIOS manufacturers are not going to throw away entire portions of their potential customer base.
This is a non-issue. Other OS users can turn off the secure signing option. Redhat simply paid $100 to have their kernal signed. Torvalds himself said people are making too much of this.