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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Good point, but you're missing mine.

Having the "government regulate what software and hardware we may make" is not the same as asking "Where are the lawyers" to pursue enforcement of existing anti-trust laws.

What makes you think this breaches existing anti-trust laws? Because while I agree that it's intended as an anti-competitive move, the courts will see that Microsoft are *requiring* their vendors to provide a "disable secure-boot" function, which kind of defeats the argument. Not only that, they're offering (for a nominal charge) a certificate service to competitors who might lack the influence to get their own certificates distributed by vendors.

So, you still think enforcing existing anti-trust laws will help?

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