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How Microsoft can lock Linux off W8 PCs

Julie188 (991243) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Julie188 writes "Windows 8 PCs will use the next-generation booting specification known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). And actually 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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System 76? (1)

El_Oscuro (1022477) | more than 2 years ago | (#37462392)

If Microsoft starts enforcing this to lockout Linux installs on Windows PC's, it might backfire on them. Installing Linux on a PC designed for Windows can be nightmare with incompatible hardware, drivers, etc. On the other hand, Linux on a system designed for it is sweet. Such a move by Microsoft would likely drive more people to Linux vendors such as system76.com, increasing their "designed for Linux" sales and improving the overall experience with Linux. Of course, Google could also jump in and offer PC's with an Android distro just to make Microsoft's life miserable.

Watch them run out of PCs (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37462502)

Does System76 actually manufacture PCs, or does it just rebadge existing PCs? Once all new PCs come with anti-Linux firmware, watch System76 run out of recent laptops to rebadge.

Re:Watch them run out of PCs (1)

dch24 (904899) | more than 2 years ago | (#37464224)

Apparently they just rebadge (their case designs are just generic).

Matthew Garrett's original blog post: http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/5552.html [dreamwidth.org]
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