The Fedora Project have finally came to the decision on the workaround that they will take to get around Microsoft's very controversial Secure boot process on new hardware certified with Windows 8. Fedora will pay Verisign $99 for unlimited use of the Microsoft signing services. This will allow Fedora's first stage boot loader to be signed with a Microsoft key.


“Grub2 and the kernel will detect that they are started in what UEFI describes as 'user mode' with Secure Boot enabled, and upon detecting this they will validate the next stage with a Fedora-specific cryptographic public key before starting it,” the Fedora team explains.


So Grub2 will now act like it would if a user has set a supervisory password. The project then goes on to note “Once the kernel is booted, it will also detect that it is in Secure Boot mode, which will cause several things to be true: it will validate the boot command line to only allow certain kernel settings, it will check loaded modules for signatures and refuse to load them if they are unsigned, and it will refuse any operations from userland which cause userland-defined DMA”


Many users of Linux based Distributions have already voiced their disapproval of Microsoft's secure boot method in the past and though the Windows 8 release date of October 26th is still a while away, users in the Linux community have now called for OEMs to ship hardware with no Operating System.


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