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Submission + - Windows 8 boot to block linux ( 1

Haedrian writes: 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.

The secure boot process' "chain of trust" will make it harder to install an alternative operating system, or possibly even another copy of Windows, as any software or hardware that is to run on the system will need to be signed by Microsoft or the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to be able to execute.

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