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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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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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

orestes,

"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."


I think the owner should be the defacto root of trust.

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

It should be an option yes, but MS is at least correct in that doing things this way will lead to more secure systems overall.

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

The problem is the number of owners that are complete morons.

I'd say that there needs to be a jumper inside the case for allowing addition of authorized secure boot certificates. Pain in the ass, but it keeps the idiots that will answer "yes" to everything out, while letting the people that know what they're doing in.

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