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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GRUB Legacy?
by ozonehole on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 01:43 UTC
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I read the linked story, and found this part particularly interesting:

GRUB Legacy with Red Hat's EFI patch stack would probably do, but we really don't have much interest in resurrecting that code if there's any possible alternative at all...Our current plan is to use Intel's efilinux loader with some modifications to add a relatively simple menu interface.

There wasn't any explanation, but I'm surprised that GRUB Legacy is not getting more love. I personally prefer it way more than the overly complex GRUB2 (which I considered a step backwards), and not sure why Intel's efilinux loader is considered superior. Anybody know why?

Edited 2012-06-23 01:44 UTC

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