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Submission + - Windows 8 Certification Can Make Linux Unbootable (digitizor.com)

kai_hiwatari writes: According to Microsoft, for a system to get the Windows 8 certification, the system must have UEFI Secure Boot. UEFI Secure Boot creates a problem for open source software. Major Linux distributions might be able to get their KEKs added to the approved keys of the UEFI organization and ship their distribution signed. However, for security reason, they will not be allowed to release the private key used to sign it. This means that if a user decides to compile Linux from source or maybe change something in an approved distribution, he will not be able to run it on his system because Safe Boot will no longer be able to authenticate it.
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Submission + - Uneven EU browser ballot distribution (arstechnica.com)

kai_hiwatari writes: The Windows Browser Ballot, the browser selection screen that is being offered to Windows users in Europe starting this month, is already coming under fire. Slovakian IT news site DSL.sk decided to test the ballot and found that its distribution was very peculiar, with Internet Explorer appearing in the rightmost position almost 50 percent of the time when the ballot was viewed from within IE.

Notable ODF proponent and IBM employee Rob Weir took a closer look at the ballot to determine why it was acting in this way. It turns out that the problem is more likely than not a bad programming decision rather than some deliberate ploy by Microsoft to pick a particular spot.

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