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 NuxRo on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 01:46 UTC
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I can't remember when was the last time I heard about a "boot" infection (I'm not saying it doesn't happen). It's just crap designed to make life difficult for competitors; classic Microsoft move. All this with the excuse of more security; their own personal "think of the children".

I can't believe this goes without a antitrust trial or something, at least in Europe.

And another thing, they chose to go with the CA system? Really? After all the Comodo, Diginotar, secretly issued wildcard certs and so on? What kind of integrity does this system still pretend to have? It should be made illegal.

Right now I feel like this guy:

Edited 2012-06-23 01:49 UTC

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