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Thanks, I had a Gigabyte board that just dropped out of the race and had a large question as to whether it was due to secure boot. I tried to reload Slackware and I couldn't access the cd as the boot drive. I guess I'll look elsewhere than Gigabyte since the board lasted a year and a half.
UEFI != Secure Boot, you can have UEFI boards without Secure Boot (I happen to have two).
@Mike H.: May sound counterintuitive, but the best way to make sure that Secure Boot can be disabled on a motherboard is looking for a Windows 8 logo on the box. To take part in the Windows Logo program for Windows 8 an option to disable Secure Boot on x86 hardware is mandatory.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Originally Posted by TobiSGD
To take part in the Windows Logo program for Windows 8 an option to disable Secure Boot on x86 hardware is mandatory.
And the option for secure boot is also mandatory. Just kidding, the manufacturer should comply with this policy.
Other than that, the solution is very simple. AFAIK all ASUS mainboards have the option to disable secure boot. So pick a suitable mainboard from ASUS which is obtainable and affordable. Download the user manual from Asus and check the boot menu options.
And if you don't like Asus pick another brand. The odds are that any mainboard let you disable secure boot. So it is not that youhave to download and check hundreds of manuals to confirm. Just the one for the mainboard you chose.
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, various VMs
Sorry, a bit anecdotal and vague but I have bought two cheap laptops recently from Acer and ASUS and both have had the option to disable "secure boot". I would wager that at least until Windows 10 is released with no requirement that "secure boot" be disabled that any motherboard from a decent manufacturer will allow you to disable "secure boot". For the record I don't see it changing with Windows 10 being released either but I see it as being more of a possibility.
I read somewhere (I think one of the news sources) that secure boot would be mandatory with Win 10.
That's not correct
With Win 8, motherboard manufacturers had to allow users to disable secure boot
With Win 10, motherboard manufacturers can now choose not to allow their users to disable secure boot
Whether or not any motherboard manufacturers will actually decide to remove the option to disable secure boot is up in the air. My guess is some OEMs might remove the option to disable it, but most systems will still allow it.