Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 23:17 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After Fedora, Ubuntu has now also announced how it's going to handle the nonsense called "Secure" Boot. The gist: they'll use the same key as Fedora, but they claim they can't use GRUB2. "In the event that a manufacturer makes a mistake and delivers a locked-down system with a GRUB 2 image signed by the Ubuntu key, we have not been able to find legal guidance that we wouldn't then be required by the terms of the GPLv3 to disclose our private key in order that users can install a modified boot loader. At that point our certificates would of course be revoked and everyone would end up worse off." So, they're going to use the more liberally licensed efilinux loader from Intel. Only the bootloader will be signed; the kernel will not.
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Comment by Lazarus
by Lazarus on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 00:49 UTC
Lazarus
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Of the various proposed solutions I've read about, this one seems to be the least evil. The only thing that would be better IMO is for the option for disabling EFI secure boot be mandatory and not be to terribly different from vendor to vendor. If only everyone making consumer hardware would just use the reference implementation and stop screwing around reinventing things =/

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