Windows 8 computers that ship with UEFI secure booting enabled could make the task of replacing Windows with Linux or dual-booting the two operating systems more difficult. In order to get a “Designed for Windows 8” logo, PCs must ship with secure boot enabled, preventing the booting of operating systems that aren’t signed by a trusted Certificate Authority.
Hardware vendors can give users the option of disabling the secure boot feature—but they could also decline to do so, making it impossible to run a non-Windows operating system. In practice, it seems unlikely that dual-boot scenarios will be prevented entirely, but Linux vendors and the Linux Foundation are worried about how UEFI secure booting will be implemented.
- Windows 8 Secure Boot Fundamentally Flawed? (infosecurity.us)
- The right to dual-boot: Linux groups plead case prior to Windows 8 launch (arstechnica.com)
- Depending On How PC Makers Implement Secure Boot, Users Might Not Know How To Dual Boot Linux Operating Systems Alongside Windows 8 (essayboard.com)
- Linux Foundation proposes to use UEFI to make PCs secure and free (zdnet.com)
- Linux Foundation: Secure Boot Need Not Be a Problem (pcworld.com)