Windows 8 secure boot to block Linux

    Date21 Sep 2011
    CategoryLatest News
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    Posted ByDave Wreski
    Windows 8-certified 64-bit hardware will be forced to carry security measures to stop the installation of other operating systems, such as Linux, until the software is regarded as trusted, according to Microsoft. Instead of using BIOS for booting Windows 8, hardware carrying the 64-bit version of Microsoft's newest operating system has to use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) with a secure-booting feature enabled.

    In a video describing the new boot process, Microsoft Principal Lead Program Manager Arie van der Hoeven said that the decision to force UEFI use was based on security; the company hopes to reduce the likelihood of bootkits, rootkits and ransomware.

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