Check out the compatibility of Windows® 8 with Secure Boot
Windows 8 operating system has not hit the market yet. But still, there is so much to talk about it. Recently, a group for software user rights instigated a petition saying that Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system can turn PCs into Windows-only machines.
This petition marks a question on the technology named Secure Boot, which is especially designed to protect your PC from several malware attacks during the start-up. This product works by validating that all the components contain the appropriate security certificates before they are allowed to initiate. In order to meet Microsoft's Windows Certification requirements, PCs must be Secure Boot enabled. But, according to Free Software Foundation (FSF), Secure Boot prevents users from installing an alternate operating system like Linux or any other.
Thus, FSF is planning to begin an online petition that users can sign to show computer manufacturers, government, and Microsoft. These petitions will insist computer makers to implement Secure Boot in a way that it allows free software operating systems to be installed on a PC. This petition went live, but till date, there is no response recorded from FSF about how many individuals have signed that petition.
After all this stuff, Red Hat developer Mathew Garrett said, "It will be either difficult or impossible to install other operating system when Windows 8 is there." On the other hand, some Windows 8 eco system team members say "Secure Boot is not a part of Windows 8. It is just a security component."
Hence, everyone is roaming here and there with a lot of confusion in their minds in terms of Windows 8 and Secure Boot. Till now no Windows 8 release date has been decided, but it is expected to hit the market in 2012. It will come in two versions; one optimized for traditional PC’s and one for tablets.