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[2]: Comment by Radio
by Alfman on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Radio"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

"You suck at reading. The $99 isn't going to microsoft, its going to verisign. Not that verisign is a great company or anything, but please read before reacting."


I noticed the article was recently edited to say this, but the original article did not, so don't be too hard on the poster.


It's no secret that I oppose secure boot because it does more to promote corporate control than our security. However I do have some questions about the program:
Just who will be allowed to get a key, what are the qualifications?
Who is responsible for approving applicants?
Are any developers or end users going to be denied?
If noone is there to vet the software, then doesn't that undermine the entire "security model" behind secure boot?
Do we really know where the money goes? MS may be outsourcing this program to Verisign because they specialise in selling code certificates already, I kind of doubt the deal between MS and Verisign lets Verisign keep all the profits?

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