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How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs 899

Posted by Soulskill
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."
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How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @08:37AM (#37466610)

    Windows 8 logo devices will be required to use the secure boot portion of the new spec.

    Totally not Microsoft's fault!

    I'm sure Microsoft will encourage handing out these keys. No way they'd try to hinder distribution of these keys. After all, Microsoft are the good guys and would never do anything bad to hinder competition and increase their market share. Nossir, not Microsoft. They are saints!

  • Virtualbox? (Score:3, Funny)

    by mynis01 (2448882) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @08:29PM (#37474724)
    Now I'll have to virtualize Windows inside of Linux when I feel like running it....Oh wait, I all ready do that.

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