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Microsoft's new security chip will not lock devices to Windows 11 as feared

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Linux, BSD and other operating systems can be installed on systems with processors featuring Microsoft Pluton.
New PCs released this year that ship with Microsoft’s Pluton security chip will still be able to run other operating systems besides Windows 11. While it was initially feared by the open-source community and others that Pluton would serve as a means to lock equipment to the latest version of Windows, that isn’t the case at all. Instead, in addition to being able to install Linux and BSD, PC makers and even users themselves will be able to turn off the feature entirely. The first Windows 11 PCs with Pluton built-in were shown off at CES 2022 and Intel, AMD and Qualcomm are all planning to embed Microsoft’s security chip in their latest or upcoming microprocessors.

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