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FreeBSD On The Way To Support Secure Boot

FreeBSD will soon support secure boot, as per a report from itwire. Most new computers that come pre-loaded with Windows 8 have UEFI secure boot enabled which makes it difficult to install other operating systems. Some GNU/Linux distributions have found a workaround and are able to run on Windows 8 machines. However, this will be the first time a BSD derivative is being developed to support secure boot.

The project is currently in early stages and there are no deadlines as to when it will be available for public use. McKusick, a free BSD developer, said:

We just started pursing this after a UEFI strategy meeting at BSDCan in May, so we have not yet gotten far enough through the process to have any idea when we will be able to have something that we can use.

FreeBSD will use a similar process as GNU/Linux distros use to boot from UEFI. The PC/Laptop will boot to a signed minimal loader which will be used to boot into actual GNU bootloaded (GRUB). As most of the work of the minimal loader is complete, BSD developers hope this will make the process easier and faster for them.

“Indeed we will likely take the Linux shim loader, put our own key in it, and then ask Microsoft to sign it. Since Microsoft will have already vetted the shim loader code, we hope that there will be little trouble getting them to sign our version for us.”

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FreeBSD is one of the most popular BSD derivatives that are out there. It’s known for its robust security and stability and is used to power world’s most advanced servers.

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