The ISSUE is how the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot (protocol) v2.3.1 that Microsoft has mandated for all Windows 8 64bit systems illegally blocks boot loading software (such as FREE and legal Ubuntu) from being loaded unless a Microsoft or one of it’s affiliates (collaborators) has digitally sign (cryptographic signature) your code with their UEFI signing key (KEK certificate which is a DER encoded binary X509 v3 certificate) stored in the firmware.
Why should Ubuntu developers or any other free software developer be held hostage and forced to PAY Microsoft any FEE for the right and privilege of running our own software?
No to mention there is no centralized signing authority to provide UEFI keys. Microsoft has made itself the only authority (gatekeeper) holding all the master keys.
I want to point out there is NO such thing as “Windows Hardware” because Microsoft does NOT manufacture Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, Asus, MSI, VIA, HP, Dell, Celvo, Sager, etc… This is Microsoft extending its own brand (software) upon firmware, claiming it’s their platform. Why do the manufactures accept this theft of their hardware product?