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[4]: Oh yeah
by CrLf on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 04:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Oh yeah"
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No it doesn't. When a piece of hardware falls of the manufacturer's catalog and they stop releasing new drivers, *that's it*. They won't even go as far as picking up the latest release and rebuild+sign it! No, you either stick with XP or your hardware's next stop will be the closest landfill (or recycling unit, for the environmentally conscious people out there).

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RE[5]: Oh yeah
by sappyvcv on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 04:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Oh yeah"
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You just admitted yourself that they won't rebuilt and sign it. In fact, I think signing doesn't influence it. I think they either rebuild it (if that alone even works, probably not) or they don't. There may be some exceptions, but I think for the most part, this will certainly NOT affect "old hardware".

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RE[6]: Oh yeah
by raver31 on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 08:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Oh yeah"
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of course it will affect old hardware.
if there is no signed driver, microsoft will expect one to be signed for, so then it will be supported.
if there is currently a driver and it is unsigned, who will pay for it if the company wont ?
can you see microsoft letting old drivers slip through for free?
can you see microsoft letting unsigned drivers even install ?

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