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  • Category: Windows 8

    Is it the end of Open source operating systems ?




    Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." The, "Secure Boot" is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs Essentially, the technology is primarily designed to protect against rootkits and other low-level attacks by preventing executables and drivers from being loaded unless they bear a cryptographic signature conferred by a dedicated UEFI signing key.

    But the important thing is that other operating systems, such as Linux, won't include any such signatures in their current state and the result is that operating systems such as Linux etc will not work in the machine.

    Now Linux is being used by millions of people . Is it another example of Microsoft using it's monopoly status to attempt to squash anything it views as competition ?

    Regards and Thanks

    Hari
  • #7235
    The open source OS is going to stay there in market for a long.

    Secure boot offers "the prospect of a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that can improve the security of many system deployments,"

    The paper @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/22/protecting-the-pre-os-environment-with-uefi.aspx explains the concept of secure boot very clearly.

    According to Steven Sinofsky said "All platforms that enable UEFI secure boot should ship in setup mode where the owner has control over which platform key (PK) is installed," the paper advises. "It should also be possible for the owner to return a system to setup mode in the future if needed."

    Linux foundation has clearly mentioned "Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware," they add.

  • #7239
    Hi,

    You are right in saying that if linux could take advantange of security boot is imoplemented properly. But I could not see any news that they have found the 'key'. Please share with us if any information is available to you

    Regards
    Hari


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