You can run Linux on al­most all Win­dows 8 PCs

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7KH VROXWLRQ LV fiQDOOy RXW—WKDQNV WR WKH Linux Foun­da­tion. Pre­vi­ously, we re­ported that Mi­crosoft had in­cor­po­rated a Se­cure BRRW WHFKQRORJy LQ WKH 8QL­fiHG (xWHQVLEOH Firmware In­ter­face (UEFI), which pre­vented users from in­stalling Linux on Win­dows 8 PCs. Now, the Linux Foun­da­tion has come up with a so­lu­tion to en­able users to in­stall an open source oper­at­ing sys­tem in com­put­ers that ship with Win­dows 8.

The so­lu­tion from the Linux Foun­da­tion will al­low users to in­stall most of the open source OSs in com­put­ers with Se­cure Boot en­abled. It will pick up a li­cence key from Mi­crosoft and then sign a pre-boot­loader tool, which in turn will al­low users to chain­load ad­di­tional soft­ware with­out run­ning an­other sig­na­ture check.

Mi­crosoft’s plans for in­tro­duc­ing Se­cure Boot in Win­dows 8 did not go down too well with the Linux community. In­stal­la­tion of Ubuntu, De­bian, Fe­dora, or other OSs on Win­dows com­put­ers was easy, but Mi­crosoft PDGH WKLQJV GLI­fiFXOW LQ :LQGRZV 8 Ey in­clud­ing the UEFI in­stead of a tra­di­tional BIOS. The Se­cure Boot tech­nol­ogy acts like a gate­keeper. It only al­lows the boot­ing of an oper­at­ing sys­tem with a se­cu­rity key. So, no gate pass meant, no en­try! Se­cure Boot has the ad­van­tage of pre­vent­ing viruses or other mal­ware from in­fect­ing your PC while it boots. But the prob­lem is that with such a strict se­cu­rity fea­ture, un­signed soft­ware, like a pro­gram to in­stall a Linux-based OS, will be blocked too.

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