Secure Boot and Windows 8: Microsoft responds to the fears of Linux users 26 September 2011Posted by computeraholic in Uncategorized.
Shaken by a controversy surrounding the secure boot security feature that Microsoft certified Windows 8 PC will require, the publisher said that disabling this feature detrimental to Linux is the responsibility of manufacturers.
After two days of silence, Microsoft has finally responded to the controversy surrounding the activation of the Secure Boot UEFI for Windows 8. As a reminder, UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the successor to BIOS.
As for the secure boot functionality, it aims to check the authenticity of the components that run when you start the computer using digital certificates.
Secure Boot no specific function in Microsoft Windows specific
The issue raised by a Linux developer, Matthew Garrett, is that such a requirement for Windows machines certified 8 block potentially dual boot Linux or install another OS, a previous version of Windows for example.
In a post, Microsoft responds: “For the enthusiast who wants to run older operating