Linux Foundation’s workaround held up by roadblocks
By Neil McAllister in San Francisco • Get more from this author
Posted in Operating Systems, 21st November 2012 23:21 GMT
The Linux Foundation’s promised workaround that will allow Linux to boot on Windows 8 PCs has yet to clear Microsoft’s code certification process, although the exact reason for the hold-up remains unclear.
As The Reg reported previously, the Secure Boot feature of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) found on modern Windows 8 PCs will only allow an OS to boot if its code has been digitally signed with a key obtained from Microsoft.
That’s a problem for many Linux distributions, because some lack the resources to purchase a Microsoft key, while others simply refuse to.
To help get around UEFI’s restrictions, the Linux Foundation has been developing a signed “pre-bootloader” as a stop-gap measure that will allow Linux distributions to boot, until such time as open source developers can come up with more effective solutions.
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