Linux Foundation to Implement UEFI to Provide Safer Environment for Users

The Linux Foundation is planning to use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot platform to provide a safe and open software experience to users.

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a secure boot technology that Microsoft plans to use in Windows 8. This technology allow people to boot their systems securely and be protected from malware.

Microsoft also plans to use the technology to prevent users from running other software besides Windows 8. The technology is an enhanced version of BIOS, which allows the software to check the hardware and lock into it before booting the operating system.

It can be used to provide users with a secure operating environment, and in Microsoft's case, used to lock users on Windows 8.

The Linux Foundation, on the other hand, wants to provide protection to users but give them the freedom to choose the operating system they want.

Meanwhile, Red Hat and Canonical have released a paper which evangelise the use of the secure boot technology and warns about Microsoft's nefarious plans.

"Unfortunately, Microsoft's recommended implementation of secure boot removes control of the system from the hardware owner, and may prevent open source operating systems from functioning. The Windows 8 requirement for secure boot will pressure OEMs to implement secure boot in this fashion," the paper reads.