I like how every article that Qubit has posted about Secure Boot has had a negative tone to it, and he constantly calls it "Windows 8 secure boot feature". It isn't even a feature of Windows 8, it isn't like Microsoft just say "implement this" and it gets done. Microsoft is pushing for the technology to become mandatory, but it is up to the Unified EFI Forum to decide if it becomes mandatory as part of UEFI, not Windows 8. It is UEFI's Secure Boot feature, not Windows 8's. Also, even if it is implemented, it isn't up to Microsoft to decide what OS gets allowed on the machine. The option to disable the feature entirely is supposed to be included. However, the OEM manufacturer of the computer has the option to omit this option if they choose, but Microsoft has no real say in the matter. I can see where this might happen, because OEMs hate supporting hardware that isn't running the original OS.