Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows After the walled garden coming to the desktop operating system world, we're currently witnessing another potential nail in the coffin of the relatively open world of desktop and laptop computing. Microsoft has revealed [.pptx] that as part of its Windows 8 logo program, OEMs must implement UEFI secure boot. This could potentially complicate the installation of other operating systems, like Windows 7, XP, and Linux.
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RE[5]: Comment by ronaldst
by Alfman on Thu 22nd Sep 2011 06:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ronaldst"
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"According to Red Hat's Matthew Garret, the keys are stored as part of the system firmware."

I am really afraid that you and he may be right. The feature may be deliberately designed to work against the owner.

In theory, a bootloader that loads linux directly or can chainload into grub will probably be signed (although not necessarily the version you want). It's asinine that linux would have to boot through proprietary/locked software.

"The extension of Microsoft’s OS monopoly to hardware would be a disaster, with increased lock-in, decreased consumer choice and lack of space to innovate."

Edit: it's not just linux either, all BSDs and other independent platforms would be at a loss too. There is no way independent OS developers will be able to get their keys signed by all the manufacturers.

Edited 2011-09-22 06:24 UTC

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