@ Just17... You know I am the black sheep of this family and that I lack diplomacy skills and eloquence as I was told. I am scaring off noobs... and so on... Well... I really do appreciate the comments on that but what I appreciate even more is a no-bs attitude and honesty. Thanks for Your post - it's obvious You feel strong about the subject but I am one of the folks who knows how that feels.
I don't feel as strong about this whole UEFI stuff as You do however I have a gut feeling that everything will be just fine. I don't know why. I just do. If I am wrong... I will be forced to run Microsoft products... that's one heck of a punishment .
Yes I feel strongly about it.
I also believe the problems will be overcome .... but not without unnecessary disruption and hassle.
The road could have been much smoother ....
I do not see a future where I would be forced to use a particular OS.
I do see a future where a lot of discarded machines do not get re-used, but instead get re-cycled (essentially dumped).
Presently any such machine can be re-used .... but with secure boot problems that might well change if the manufacturers not only comply to the letter of the MS diktat but also to what MS might like - difficult to manage dual/triple boot. It is difficult to blame manufacturers for trying to curry MS favour given the MS effective monopoly.
I hope that the MS scheme for ARM hardware might be challenged in the EU ..... and as I see it the only way they can avoid this is to produce their own hardware, as Apple does. Indeed they have indicated that is their intention. I would have no problem with that .... IMO they can lock down their own hardware to their hearts content. Such hardware is then easily avoided.
...... of course there is also the possibility of hardware hacks ......
.... which many years ago was the norm ....