Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jan 2006 22:42 UTC, submitted by PlatformAgnostic
Windows "With little fanfare, Microsoft just announced that the x64 version of Windows Vista will require all kernel-mode code to be digitally signed. This is very different than the current WHQL program, where the user ultimately decides how they want to handle unsigned drivers. Vista driver developers must obtain a Publisher Identity Certificate (PIC) from Microsoft. Microsoft says they won't charge for it, but they require that you have a Class 3 Commercial Software Publisher Certificate from Verisign. This costs $500 [EUR 412] per year, and as the name implies, is only available to commercial entities."
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RE: No, no, no
by CrLf on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 04:19 UTC in reply to "No, no, no"
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"Microsoft is taking a step here with x64 of not only requiring certification but making sure that kernel mode drivers get signed."

You are just making that up... Only signing will be required, there is nothing mentioning certification anywhere.

One can only assume certification will keep being optional, and that makes sense, since certification introduces a significant delay in the release process (ever noticed how, for instance, how nvidia seems to alternate between releasing certified and non-certified drivers for their chips?) as well as a burden on Microsoft. Certification means testing, and they can't test every driver that the vendors throw at them and do it quickly at the same time.

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