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openSUSE still searching for UEFI, Secure Boot solution

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Now that the Fedora Project and Canonical have proposed their own plans for their respective Fedora and Ubuntu distributions to work with the upcoming Secure Boot provisions in Windows 8-certified machines, it's natural to wonder what openSUSE will be doing about the issue.

The answer for now seems to be unclear, and the reason may be one of openSUSE's greatest strengths may be working against it.

Based on discussions earlier this month in the openSUSE-project mailing list, Fedora's solution to the working around the UEFI/Secure Boot problem--purchase a Microsoft-signed encryption key from VeriSign for a one-time $99 fee and use a two-stage bootloading process to use the key to boot straight to a modified GRUB 2 bootloader that will then boot to Fedora--seems to be similarly workable for the core openSUSE and SUSE releases.


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