said by signmeuptoo:
SIf I were to build an Ivy Bridge system/Intel chipset w/UEFI, is it guarenteed that I can turn off secure boot? Will I have to shop carefully for a board that will?
Not guaranteed - it's a decision made by the BIOS implementor and the motherboard vendor. The only guarantee is that if you buy a *system* with a Microsoft Windows 8 logo, then you *will* be able to disable secure boot.
I'd guess, but it's only a guess, that major motherboard vendors will also follow suit. Cheapskates, maybe not so much.
What is supposed to be the point of secure boot, is it just a way to drive sales?
Anti-rootkit, basically. It's an assurance that what you're booting is what you think you're booting.