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The State Of Linux Distributions Handling SecureBoot

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Published on 28 December 2012 11:29 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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For those of you curious about the state of available Linux distributions that can handle UEFI SecureBoot on modern PCs certified for Microsoft Windows 8, here's a run-down of the most common Linux environments and their SecureBoot friendliness.

Matthew Garrett, the developer working for quite a while now on advancing SecureBoot for Linux, has written a blog post about the support state. The list basically comes down to:

- Ubuntu 12.10 x86_64 ships an older version of Shim that's been signed by Microsoft, so it should work out-of-the-box for most people.
- Fedora 18 isn't being released until early 2013, but it will have a Shim signed by Microsoft and it's newer than what's found in Ubuntu 12.10.
- Sabayon now supports UEFI Secure Boot out of the box.
- SUSE will be using a Microsoft-signed Shim, but there isn't a released version.
- Debian just picked up UEFI support into its installer but doesn't have SecureBoot handling for now.

Matthew also says that the Linux Foundation still hasn't received an officially signed copy of their boot-loader, for more on that see Linux Foundation Struggles With Microsoft UEFI Signing.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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