Linux on a Microsoft Surface Tablet Is Nearly Impossible

2013-Jan-04 | Tags: microsoftsecuritytablet

Linux on ARMEver since Microsoft officially released the Surface RT tablet on October 26, Linux experts have tried to find a way to deploy their favorite operating system on the new device. But the Redmond-based technology giant has managed to make it nearly impossible to deploy Linux on a Surface, Linux firmware developer Matthew Garrett admits.

Basically, it's all because Microsoft has used the UEFI Secure Boot system to lock down the firmware and restrict it to signed binaries only. The Redmond-based technology giant does provide a service to sign UEFI binaries, so bypassing the restriction may actually be possible in one way or another.

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