GlobalSign == relatively cheap code-signing certificates.
Cool, I thought.
Bullcrap! After attempting to apply for a code-signing certificate for use with Authenticode in kernel mode drivers and other Windows binaries and then calling them on the phone I learnt that private persons are unwanted. Brilliant!
According to the person I spoke with (a German representative of GlobalSign), the problem is not so much GlobalSign but rather Microsoft which doesn’t allow individuals to receive a code-sigining certificate.
To sum it up. Despite all the identity checks and the costs which are still considerable (more than 500 EUR incl. VAT) I was interested and willing to get a 3-year code-signing certificate even though I do not earn money with my software. Nevertheless it seems to be impossible for me as an individual to get one. (BTW: VeriSign wants approximately 1300 USD for the same duration and considering that the above limitation seems to be imposed by Microsoft, odds are that the same limitations exist for certificates from VeriSign.)
Heck, I have no clue why MS tries to prevent normal people to write and distribute freeware and OSS for their operating systems like that. I am really disgruntled this time!
PS: In the case of kernel mode code there is no alternatives. MS effectively prevents such attempts. In the beginning I kind of liked the idea of enforced code-signing, now I hate both, the enforcement and MS …