Next-gen boot spec could forever lock Linux off Windows 8

Next-gen boot spec could forever lock Linux off Windows 8

“Windows 8’s super-fast boot times come from the UEFI spec that,when used in secure mode, prevents users from loading operating systems and drivers

Windows 8 PCs will boot super fast in part because of the next-generation booting specification known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). The latest UEFI, released April 8, includes a secure boot protocol which will be required for Windows 8 clients. Secure UEFI is intended to thwart rootkit infections by requiring keys before allowing executables or drivers to be loaded onto the device. Problem is, such keys can also be used to keep the PC’s owner from wiping out the current OS and installing another option such as Linux, says Matthew Garrett, a mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, in a blog post.”

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