Two Windows 8 Linux boot solutions may merge efforts

A few days ago, the Linux Foundation announced its first version of a way to boot Linux on a PC that has Windows 8 installed. Now there's word that the Linux Foundation efforts could merge with another previously released solution for running Linux on a PC with Windows 8 inside.

ZDNet.com reports that the second method was actually released by Linux programmer Matthew Garrett on November 30th, about a month after the launch of Windows 8. Garrett uses his own "Shim" method to boot Linux with a PC that has an UEFI secure boot system.

Both Garrett's method and the solution that was released by the Linux Foundation have their pluses and minuses. Garrett states:

One of the primary functional differences between Shim and the LF loader is that the LF loader is based around cryptographic hashes rather than signing keys. This means that the user has to explicitly add a hash to the list of permitted binaries whenever a distribution updates their bootloader or kernel. Doing that involves being physically present at the machine, so it's kind of a pain.

However, both Garrett and the Linux Foundation are apparently working on a way to merge both methods with Garrett saying that the final product will integrate " ...  the LF loader's UI and security code into Shim with the aim of producing one loader that'll satisfy the full set of use cases." While this will work for Windows 8 PCs, it will not work on tablets that are running Windows RT.

Source: ZDNet.com

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_Alexander said,
Paying for Windows 8 - only to discard it. Logic!

Well people have to try Linux some how, chances are people trying it out for the first time have a Windows PC...

its called giving the purchaser the option to HAVE a choice for one or the other or BOTH.

And no im no Linux fanatic and live solely in windows, but I do see this as a good thing in general and for Linux.

And no, Vms while good and all, are never as good as the physical model of the install, theres always a slight degradation of perf with each virtual layer (net stack, vm host, cluster manager etc etc)

Can people stop spreading misinformation and bull****.
YES you can completely get rid of windows 8 but the idea of these methods is to allow you to DUAL BOOT BOTH with Secure Boot (UEFI) ENABLED, it has NOTHING to do with buying a windows 8 PC and removing windows, that is the users choice, and they can do that if they want and send the OEM license back to MS and get a refund for it.

n_K said,
Can people stop spreading misinformation and bull****.
YES you can completely get rid of windows 8 but the idea of these methods is to allow you to DUAL BOOT BOTH with Secure Boot (UEFI) ENABLED, it has NOTHING to do with buying a windows 8 PC and removing windows, that is the users choice, and they can do that if they want and send the OEM license back to MS and get a refund for it.

Yep i use linux and windows for dev and sys admin purpouses and dual boot is the way to go..

I don't see the problem really? Are they that frustrated that MS cave them a blanket fully prepared to use Linux on Secure boot systems...even handing out keys, making entire documents and how to's including examples to show them how to use it?
That they seem to be reinventing the wheel only?
I admire their effort to do everything without outside effort (within the Linux community).
But I think Linux has other issues that require allot more attention.

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