Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Sep 2011 22:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Windows The story about how secure boot for Windows 8, part of UEFI, will hinder the use of non-signed binaries and operating systems, like Linux, has registered at Redmond as well. The company posted about it on the Building Windows 8 blog - but didn't take any of the worries away. In fact, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, who originally broke this story, has some more information - worst of which is that Red Hat has received confirmation from hardware vendors that some of them will not allow you to disable secure boot.
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RE[3]: Sign your code
by lemur2 on Mon 26th Sep 2011 23:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sign your code"
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Yet another GPL/RMS fail. You can't even sign compiled GPL code? Wow. There comes a time when a license is too restrictive to be of use. Instead of Linux fanboys demanding that everyone else live within the restrictions of RMS/GPL religion, why not dump GPL and pick a different OSI-approved open source license?

An opposing (and rational) viewpoint from Ross Anderson, security engineering professor at Cambridge University, can be read here:

"The extension of Microsoft’s OS monopoly to hardware would be a disaster, with increased lock-in, decreased consumer choice and lack of space to innovate. It is clearly unlawful and must not succeed."

Edited 2011-09-26 23:56 UTC

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