Ubuntu Linux changes its plans for Windows 8 Secure Boot

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux, Ubuntu

Canonical's original decision to use an EFILinux bootloader instead of GRUB 2 arose out of a fear that licensing provisions in the latter might force the disclosure of Canonical's encryption keys if a manufacturer inadvertently shipped a computer that did not allow Secure Boot to be disabled, explained Jon Melamut, its vice president of professional and engineering services, in a blog post on Thursday.

'Security and user choice'

It is the FSF that owns the copyrights to GRUB 2, however, and in subsequent discussions with the group, "the FSF has stated clearly that GRUB 2 with Secure Boot does not pose a risk of key disclosure in such circumstances," Melamut added.

Canonical has also confirmed that fact with its manufacturing partners, he noted, as well as introducing variations in the Ubuntu Certification program and QA scripts for pre-installs "to ensure that security and user choice are maintained on Ubuntu machines," he explained.

So, the bottom line is that GRUB 2 will be used in both Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" and 12.04.2 by default.

The next beta version of Ubuntu 12.10 is due next week, with a final release planned for Oct. 18.


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