Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 11:11 UTC
Fedora Core "Fedora 18 will be released at around the same time as Windows 8, and as previously discussed all Windows 8 hardware will be shipping with secure boot enabled by default. [...] We've been working on a plan for dealing with this. It's not ideal, but of all the approaches we've examined we feel that this one offers the best balance between letting users install Fedora while still permitting user freedom." Wait for it... "Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key."
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I for one find it disturbing
by eantoranz on Thu 31st May 2012 13:41 UTC
eantoranz
Member since:
2005-12-18

So... another form of Microsoft Tax? God! I'm not a fedora user but if I were I don't know if I'd consider switching distro based on this.

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RE: I for one find it disturbing
by vaette on Thu 31st May 2012 15:06 in reply to "I for one find it disturbing"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

It is a one-time fee of $99, paid for by RedHat to get the Fedora key. I don't think you need to twist and turn too much at night over that "tax".

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

It's also a $99 fee paid by anyone who wants to disseminate their modified binaries without shenanigans being required on the end user's side of things.

I don't personally take issue with the nominal fee, but I do feel there should be a choice of trusted key signers available instead of giving MS another defacto monopoly. Get Verisign or IBM or someone else sufficiently big and "trustworthy" involved as a neutral party.

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einr Member since:
2012-02-15

Unless you want to build your own custom kernel on an UEFI system. Then, you'd better have your $99 handy.

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