[opensource] Fw: [colug-432] Secure Boot

Steve VanSlyck s.vanslyck at spamcop.net
Fri Jan 27 13:07:07 EST 2012



----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Cranston <thomas.w.cranston at gmail.com>
To: colug-432 at colug.net
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:39:43 -0600
Subject: [colug-432] Secure Boot

> http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot
> 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_refund
> 
> People who bought new computers with Windows have asked
> for, and gotten, refunds of the "Windows Tax" ranging from
> $50 to $150. If every Linux user asked for a refund it
> would send a powerful message to OEMs that they should sell
> more machines with (generic?) Linux installed.
> 
> Problem: The new UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot won't work with
> Linux. (Only ARM based machines will be locked down
> initially.) MicroSoft has told OEMs to lock down all
> products with Secure Boot hardware or else they can't sell
> Win 8 machines. Machines can NOT be able to disable Secure
> Boot. This is coming very soon.
> 
> Big distros like Ubuntu could ask OEMs to insert an Ubuntu
> digital signature into some machines. That would be a
> headache for vendors.
> 
> Smaller distros won't be able to get their signatures into
> new machines. But it doesn't matter. The Linux kernel
> doesn't allow binary code. Important drivers like Catalyst
> and Nvidia drivers couldn't be used by Ubuntu. Even if
> Ubuntu has a signature, binaries can't be loaded unless
> they are in the kernel.
> 
> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA0NDQ
> 
> > "Signed Linux kernels must refuse to load any unsigned
> > kernel modules. Virtualbox on Linux? Dead. Nvidia binary
> > driver on Linux? Dead. All out of tree kernel modules?
> > Utterly, utterly dead. Building an updated driver
> > locally? Not going to happen." 
> 
> Sign the petition.
> http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot
> 
> Tom
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