*countable infinities only

Chris Adams cmadams at hiwaay.net
Thu May 31 14:52:11 UTC 2012

Once upon a time, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com> said:
> Under this model there will be two classes of distributor: One which
> loads easily on systems, and one which requires the additional effort
> of disabling secure boot or installing user keys. (And ARM will be
> even more interesting...)

The basic fact is that Microsoft drives the desktop x86 PC market.
Nobody else has the power they do, and that isn't going to change any
time soon.  They are creating the two classes you describe.  The
hardware is coming (like it or not), and Fedora can either change to
deal with it or not.

If Fedora does nothing different than is being done today with F17, it
will always be in the second class, requiring the user to disable secure
boot.  Even getting to the point where the user can generate/install
their own key requires more work.

Once the work has been done to support signing with a user-generated
key, it isn't that much more of a step to get the Fedora-provided
binaries signed with a key that allows the distribution to step up to
your first class, where it will load easily on systems.

Chris Adams <cmadams at hiwaay.net>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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