Open Ballot: Will "secure boot" hinder Linux adoption?
By the end of the decade, you might not be able to install Linux on a random, off-the-shelf PC. At least, not easily. This is because the UEFI "secure boot" system is being pushed by Microsoft, and could restrict the installation of other operating systems. You see, in order to boot an OS, the bootloader will need to be signed with special keys, which causes complications for totally open, free-as-in-freedom GPLed software. There may be ways around it, but it'll be fiddly.
So as we crank-start the engines for our next podcast recording, we want to hear your views: will these complications hinder the adoption of Linux? Will the necessity of fiddling with UEFI options to disable "safe boot" put people off trying the OS? Indeed, could some PC makers force "safe boot" to be the only option, effectively tying machines to Windows 8? Let us know your thoughts, and we'll read out the most interesting in our upcoming podcast.