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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RE: Wonderful...
by vaette on Thu 31st May 2012 15:14 UTC in reply to "Wonderful..."
vaette
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2008-08-09

A bit of a weak comparison. If Fedora is to work with secure boot they either have to get a key into all hardware or get their bootloader signed by someone who already is getting a key into all hardware. Microsoft is the only company in the latter camp.

What Fedora is asking Microsoft for a small signature for their bootloader. No Microsoft code is involved.

There will be plenty of hardware which allows secure boot to be disabled, or keys to be replaced, in which case you can go through the trouble of setting things up right yourself. For the sake of novice users however it is useful both that the boot is protected from malware and that Fedora can install without a lot of manual configuration.

Plus, of course, Fedora having secure booting is a good security measure in itself.

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