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onebuck 11-23-2012 08:43 AM

"Delays beset the Linux Foundation's Secure Boot workaround"

Delays beset the Linux Foundation's Secure Boot workaround

Linux aficionados who have been watching the Windows 8 Secure Boot saga unfold in recent months will likely remember that the Linux Foundation itself last month unveiled plans for a workaround that would help Linux users get past the problem.

“We have the code for the Linux Foundation pre-bootloader in place,” Bottomley wrote in a blog post. “However, there was a delay while we got access to the Microsoft signing system.
“I’m still not sure what the actual problem is, but ... I suspect that the binary is signed with a generic Microsoft key instead of a specific (and revocable) key tied to the Linux Foundation,” Bottomley explained.
In any case, the end result is that, despite paying its $99 fee, the Linux Foundation so far still does not have a validly signed pre-bootloader.

A public solution
Causing all this turmoil, of course, is the fact that Windows 8 hardware will come with Secure Boot enabled in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), meaning that only operating systems with an appropriate digital signature will be able to boot.
Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE Linux are all among the Linux distributions that have unveiled plans for working around the problem, which has also drawn attention from the Free Software Foundation.

Back in July Bottomley announced an effort among Linux developers to brainstorm fresh solutions, leading to the October announcement that the Linux Foundation would obtain a Microsoft Key and sign a small pre-bootloader that would enable Linux to boot on such hardware.

tronayne 11-23-2012 11:35 AM

I'm starting to think that we're going to have to abandon the inexpensive; i.e., mass market Windows compatible, platforms for more robust; i.e., non-UEFI, ones.

Hey! Maybe Motorola has modernized 68000 and 88000 chip families in the vaults! Wouldn't that be sumpin'; bye-bye Intel, best of luck to ya.


Maybe IBM, H-P, somebody will step up and tell Microcrap to pound sand... nah, ain't gonna happen.


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