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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RE: Blowing the Horn of Jericho
by vaette on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 14:24 UTC in reply to "Blowing the Horn of Jericho"
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So you figure that the way towards software freedom is having the government regulate what software and hardware we may make?

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ricegf Member since:

"independent not-for-profit standards body" != "the government"

For example:

"ICANN (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, /ˈaɪkæn/ eye-kan) is a nonprofit private organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States, that was created on September 18, 1998, and incorporated on September 30, 1998[1] to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks previously performed directly on behalf of the U.S. government by other organizations, notably the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which ICANN now operates."

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vaette Member since:

"Where are the lawyers? B/c this has to be stopped."

Suing to prevent the implementation of Secure Boot is certainly getting the government involved. Also the definition of what is a "standards body" seems to shift very quickly with how the person defining it feels about what they are doing. I could certainly start a non-profit that publishes documents that say that everyone should implement secure boot all day.

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