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 Morgan on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 05:02 UTC
Morgan
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It appears there are two paths ahead for those of us who wish to continue using obscure operating systems like Haiku and Syllable, or Linux distros like Arch, Slackware and Puppy.

One path is to hold on to our existing non-Secure Boot hardware, perhaps even spending the money to get the latest and greatest before the manufacturers stop making traditional motherboards.

The other path is to begin the move towards open ARM devices, since we all know that Microsoft will never be able to assert as much control over that architecture as they seem to be doing with the x86/64 world. As GNU/Linux, BSD and Haiku all either have existing ARM ports or are in the process of porting, those particular OSes will still be able to thrive.

I'm not saying ARM is the solution, just a consideration. I'd greatly prefer it if Microsoft would just leave the hardware be and focus on security at the kernel level on up, like they always have with Windows NT. Unfortunately that's like asking a child not to stick unhealthy objects in his mouth.

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