Windows 8′s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot protocol could lead to eight-second boot times, but it could also be used to keep users from loading Linux on a Windows 8 PC, warns a Red Hat developer. Meanwhile, Casio signed a Linux-related patent agreement with Microsoft.
Microsoft cheered Windows users earlier this month when it demonstrated the upcoming Windows 8 operating system booting in eight seconds. Part of the technology behind the fast boots, however, could enable Microsoft and its PC vendor partners to block users from loading Linux on a Windows 8 PC, according to a Matthew Garrett, a mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, writing in a Sept. 20 blog post.
Microsoft recommends using the latest Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot protocol to achieve the best boot results. Released in April, the new UEFI includes a secure boot protocol intended to block rootkit infections by requiring the entry of secure keys before allowing executables or drivers to be loaded onto the device. The protocol is required for PCs running Windows 8 clients in order to conform to the Windows 8 logo program, writes Garrett.