Linux Foundation releases its solution to boot Linux on Windows 8 PCs

This weekend, the Linux Foundation finally released its way to boot up Linux on a UEFI secure boot system, which Windows 8 uses. The files were launched late on Friday on the blog of James Bottomley, who has led the development of this project. The plan was actually announced in October, but technical issues had kept the files from being released until this weekend.

It should be noted while the files that have been made available by the Linux Foundation should work, this is just the first release. As a result, the files themselves (PreLoader.efi and HashTool.efi) are only meant for truly advanced PC and Linux users to install and boot up and should not be attempted by novices. Bottomley has also provided a image that can be installed on a USB flash drive for boot purposes.

The Linux Foundation was also supposed to release the KeyTool.efi file as well but Microsoft apparently found that it "could be used to remove the platform key programmatically" due to a bug in the UEFI system. Bottomley is asking for feedback for this first code release, adding, "In particular, there's a worry that the security protocol override might not work on some platforms, so I particularly want to know if it doesn't work for you."

Source: James Bottomley's blog

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How cute. The whole FUD of people screaming about Microsoft and Windows 8 blocking Linux has come full circle now.

Not only did it NEVER happen, but to save face and pretend like there is something where it is not, the Linux 'tools' have released a secure boot under the guise that this is to counteract something Windows 8 did.

Windows 8 didn't do crap to prevent Linux, and this is borderline sad that people that don't know better still find this a 'story'.

Are you calling the Linux programmers 'tools'? Anyway would you rather people who choose to dual boot not take advantage of UEFI.
There also seems to be a bug in UEFI (not a Linux issue) that can brick certain devices!

Hello,

If a manufacturer wants to get Windows 8 certification for their motherboard, they have to have an option to disable Secure Boot. That's actually part of Windows 8's hardware certification requirements.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

If a manufacturer wants to get Windows 8 certification for their motherboard, they have to have an option to disable Secure Boot. That's actually part of Windows 8's hardware certification requirements.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Only for x86.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the latest version of Fedora work with Secure Boot enabled?

Personally, I just turned it off the secure boot feature on the Dell XPS One 27 Touch BIOS. Windows 8 Pro and Fedora 18 (on a separate USB 3.0 thumb drive) interact okay.

srbeen said,
Awesome. Linux devs always find a way

Or, ya know, just turn off secure boot and install whatever the hell you want.
Microsoft was never preventing Linux from being installed, that was just a bunch of BS FUD.

Javik said,
A lot of OEMs have the habit of locking their BIOSes down, so it's still worth looking at.

They lock down their BIOS but secure boot can always be disabled. My Lenovo X230T has a switch for Windows 8/Secure Boot/UEFI booting.