Two Ubuntu Linux versions can now work with Secure Boot

Last week's release of Ubuntu 12.04.2 brings the capability to users of Canonical's latest Long Term Support edition.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Operating Systems, Canonical, Linux

After many months of painstaking effort, the problems caused by Microsoft's Windows 8 "Secure Boot" technology are finally being solved for Linux users.

We've already seen major distribution updates such as Fedora 18 include technology to enable booting on Windows 8 Secure Boot hardware, but only last week--after considerable delay--did the Linux Foundation release its Linux Foundation Secure Boot System, a Microsoft-signed mini bootloader for making that possible across the board.

Now, the capability is quickly spreading, and Ubuntu 12.04 Long Term Support (LTS)--a popular choice among business users--is the latest distro release to gain Secure Boot support.

Multiple problems fixed

As a quick recap, the cause of all this extra work is the fact that Windows 8 hardware comes with Secure Boot enabled in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), meaning that only operating systems with an appropriate digital signature will be able to boot.

Early on, Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE Linux began making plans for working around the problem, which has also drawn attention from the Free Software Foundation.


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