On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Karin Bakis <kbakis@redhat.com> wrote:


Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution

Wed, 2012-06-06 04:13 by Swapnil Bhartiya

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot is a major worry for GNU/Linux user as it will make it impossible for them to install their favourite distro on hardware with secure boot.

Microsoft is pushing for secure boot with Windows 8 which is slated to be out within a year. The restrictions Microsoft is pushing on the hardware vendors is undoubtedly a concern for Linux user. However, at the same time, experts like Linus Torvalds believe that Secure Boot is a good thing and instead of fighting with it we should sign our own modules. Linux is known for it's security so secure boot does eliminate some real-world exploits where fraudulently modified early boot code has introduced vulnerabilities into the operating system.

If secure boot is so good, why is Linux community worried about it?

Red Hat's Tim Burke explains, "A major shortcoming of the initial UEFI secure boot implementation was the lack of easy to use accommodations for operating systems other than Microsoft Windows, including the many variants of Linux."

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If good, FSF would not started a campaign vs with this. So, 99$ is now, after? 199$?... So you are pay a Microsoft company for can be used your system? So, Debian, Slackware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSUSE, Mageia... and more not pay, but RedHat "possibly"? Maybe, RedHat should help mixing with Cannonical, SUSE, FreeBSD Foundation, iXSystems and more companies affected by this and sue Microsoft by monopoly!

So, OEM's vendors such as DELL, HP, Acer... and others is pressured by Microsoft for lock UEFI secure boot and cannot install another operative system that hasn't got these certifies, signs...et

FSF vs UEFI secure boot campaign http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement

Matthew Garrett, RedHat kernel developer talk about it. http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12368.html

Álvaro Castillo

Linux user #547784