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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by Auzy on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 01:37 UTC
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Sorry Thom, but I've been here for a few years now, and whilst Secure boot might not be nice for Linux, it does exist for a good reason. And I was hoping that OSNews of all people would take a fair all-rounded look at it, rather than jump on the "microsux-bandwagon"

Security. Being able to shove any boot code in a system is a security risk. It makes it possible for a virus to persist on a system, and eliminate anti-virus programs from being able to ever delete the files. I can't blame Microsoft for wanting to patch it, particularly because every-time windows gets a virus, Apple and Linux users beat their drums about "Microsoft's security sucks, blah blah blah".

Is it good for Linux? In some ways, yes, but in others no. Its not Microsoft's fault that Linux vendors aren't working together, and that they have made it near impossible for all of their keys to be pre-installed on computers. If they did though, the key would be pre-installed.

And yes, I do want to see Linux succeed in the future. However, the reason why it hasn't already, is that we keep making excuses for shortcomings.

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