Linked by Elv13 on Sun 17th Jun 2012 10:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The UEFI secure boot mechanism has been the source of a great deal of concern in the free software community, and for good reason: it could easily be a mechanism by which we lose control over our own systems. Recently, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett described how the Fedora distribution planned to handle secure boot in the Fedora 18 release. That posting has inspired a great deal of concern and criticism, though, arguably, about the wrong things."
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justsayin
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2012-06-18

The free community doesn't always need to get what they want for free. MS and other companies do pay real people to have real jobs and have real lives. For years everyone has claimed that MS get more secure. When they do it they get hammered. If opensourced people want to they can re-write an openbios and one could load it.

The solution is to fix it not to cry about it. An openbios that can be locked is a solution.

The real solution is what DEC used to have. A write protect switch on the drive. We never had any issue with them as long as no one pressed that button.



I registered an account just to reply to your comment. The "Free" in "Free Software" stands for "Freedom", not price. It's not about getting what we want or don't want without paying any money. It's about not enjoying freedoms over the computing device we own.

You should take a look at https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot to see why there's this campaign from the free software community against secure boot.

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