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Old 07-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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LXer: Secure' boot: Ubuntu goes one worse than Red Hat

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After Red Hat revealed how it would kowtow to the overlords at Redmond, it was only a matter of time before Canonical would genuflect as well over the issue of secure boot.

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When will these "journalists" begin to actually do their job instead of distributing FUD and simply wrong statements all over the net?
For the uninitiated, some months ago, Microsoft announced that all PCs that were certified as capable of running Windows 8 would include the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. This means that booting would be regulated by means of keys, ostensibly to ensure that no malware can operate at that level.
Plain wrong, it is not UEFI that requires keys to boot, it is an activated Secure Boot.

But on the ARM platform, secure boot is mandated by Microsoft and there are no exceptions. You pays your money, but you have no choice.
Plain wrong. On the ARM platform Microsoft is far away from having a monopoly or even being the market leader. Want an ARM device that can run other OSes than Windows? Buy not from Microsoft. Simple as that, this will hurt them most and show them what your opinion about this is. That is as much choice as you have with any other product in a market with monopoly.

In both methods, advocated by Red Hat and Canonical, one is dependent on Microsoft. A convicted monopolist, the company is famous for making little tweaks to things so that competitors' products become unusable. But both Red Hat and Canonical seem comfortable with snuggling under the same blanket as Microsoft.
If Secure Boot gets more widespread the chances for Microsoft doing something evil with the key and getting away with that tend to be zero percent, if not Steve Ballmer wants to explain to the shareholders why Microsoft "accidentally" shut down the NYSE or any other mission critical system running Red Hat. This is simply the "Fear" part of FUD.

Man, I wait for the day when one of these writers does his homework and writes a fair and unbiased article about Secure Boot. In the meantime I recommend future hardware buyers that want to run Linux on their system to buy mainboards with Windows 8 logo on the box, since the requirements for that logo clearly state that the UEFI must have an option to disable Secure Boot and that there must be a possibilty for the user to add own keys.

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