24094924 story How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs 899 Posted by Soulskill on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @07:11AM from the if-only-penguins-were-secure-enough dept. Julie188 writes "Windows 8 PCs will use the next-generation booting specification known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). In fact, Windows 8 logo devices will be required to use the secure boot portion of the new spec. Secure UEFI is intended to thwart rootkit infections by using PKI authentication before allowing executables or drivers to be loaded onto the device. Problem is, unless the device manufacturer gives a key to the device owner, it can also be used to keep the PC's owner from wiping out the current OS and installing another option, such as Linux."