Wednesday September 21, 2011

Linux Won't Work On Systems Running Windows 8?

Matthew Garret, a developer at Red Hat, says that a Windows 8 system that ships with only OEM and Microsoft keys will not boot a generic copy of Linux. Mr. Garret went on to say that it's probably not worth panicking yet but you should be "concerned."

There's no indication that Microsoft will prevent vendors from providing firmware support for disabling this feature and running unsigned code. However, experience indicates that many firmware vendors and OEMs are interested in providing only the minimum of firmware functionality required for their market. It's almost certainly the case that some systems will ship with the option of disabling this. Equally, it's almost certainly the case that some systems won't.