[ubuntu-uk] heads up - Secure Boot Problems for Linux Users Are Here Already

Andres Muniz andresmp at gmail.com
Sat Jun 2 13:26:34 UTC 2012

----- Mensaje original -----
> On 01/06/12 13:58, Matt Wheeler wrote:
> > On 1 June 2012 08:02, alan c<aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>   wrote:
> > > Time has passed.
> > > The problem has now matured, and Fedora have accepted defeat and
> > > decided to pay to be allowed to use Microsoft restricted hardware.
> > > 
> > > Implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Fedora Linux
> > > http://j.mp/KZykUS
> > 
> > According to an update to that article, the money actually goes to
> > verisign, and anyone can get a signing key from them for $99. So
> > actually (without having looked into it any further) this looks like
> > quite a reasonable solution to securing system booting in general.
> > 
> > Anyone have any further insight?
> Only that Microsoft are the gatekeeper,   and can change the rules 
> whenever their brass neck allows them to, as they have just done. 
> Rather clever, I think. Never trust the smile on a crocodile. Or its 
> love of open source.
> On a day to day basis, if a machine has a mainboard which has a secure 
> boot 'off' switch, then that is what I will use, because I do not want 
>     nor need Microsoft stuff. But if someone wants what we used to know 
> as 'dual boot', then they will need to run day by day on the mainboard 
> which is set FOR secure boot (for Windows 8), so the GNU/Linux OS will 
> need to be suitably signed in that situation.
> For Ubuntu, WUBI comes to mind although I am aware that there are 
> occasionally enough problems with some grub updates that I stopped 
> recommending wubi   a long time ago except for very short term trials.
> -- 
> alan cocks

I'm getting a bit confused now. Everybody seems  Does the fedora payment of $99 to verisign mean that the computer that could or could not have windows preinstalled will alow to install fedora and windows but not fedora derivatives? 
Would fedora users then have the hability to easily turn it off?
The ideal bit could be that fedora users could also avoid windows usrers in the grounds that it's probable source of malwar? 
Could linux foundation do the same for the servers? beause they can be "cracked" in a similar way? 

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