Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 11:11 UTC
Fedora Core "Fedora 18 will be released at around the same time as Windows 8, and as previously discussed all Windows 8 hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default. [...] We've been working on a plan for dealing with this. It's not ideal, but of all the approaches we've examined we feel that this one offers the best balance between letting users install Fedora while still permitting user freedom." Wait for it... "Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key."
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by Radio on Thu 31st May 2012 12:30 UTC
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Wait, wait, wait, it is even worse when you read it all:

Microsoft will be offering signing services through their sysdev portal. It's not entirely free (there's a one-off $99 fee to gain access), but it's cheaper than any realistic alternative would have been. It ensures compatibility with as wide a range of hardware as possible and it avoids Fedora having any special privileges over other Linux distributions. If there are better options then we haven't found them. So, in all probability, this is the approach we'll take. Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key.


This, is a friggin' scam. It is "only" 99$, but 99$ is already 99$ too much in Microsoft's pocket. When is the limit when we can finally call it for what it is, "extortion", "racket"?

And that is just the beginning; everything else in this post is deeply, deeply infuriating.

See that, ilovebeer? That is the shitty world you let develop, because "Companies have the right to legally protect their investment and interests".

Edited 2012-05-31 12:31 UTC

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