Ubuntu

Secure Boot UEFI

Asked by Tim on 2012-06-08

I appologize if this is in the incorrect place.

On hearing the information from Red Hat about their plan to start paying Versign/Microsoft to sign Fedora for SecureBoot support. I feel I can no longer trust Red Hat/Fedora, they are clearly a USA company with USA values and therefore do not follow any kind of Free software perspective. I am looking for a new distribution to use.

My question is will Ubuntu be supporting the atrocity that is UEFI and secure boot and pandering to large scale USA companies by paying to sign its kernel?

If this is the case the I will be looking elsewhere.

Thank you for your time!

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2012-06-08
Matt Molyneaux (moggers87) said : #1

Until bug #1 is fixed, this is going to be a problem.

Microsoft are forcing secure boot on manufactures and there's not much we can do about that.

Tim (avfnoxnj) said : #2

Okay, well thanks for the comment anyway!

I sure hope that Ubuntu does not start making a signed version. I lost a good part of my life and money, due to making a bad decision and choosing todo a project in Windows and Mac over Linux in the past. So I am staying far away from all this.

This is actually causing me alot of worry and stress at the moment, I'm getting quite sick so it would be nice to find a home somewhere!

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #3

However, according to their hw specs atm it says: Mandatory. Enable/Disable Secure Boot.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/jj128256

Tim (avfnoxnj) said : #4

Microsoft hardware specifications are not law, any manufacturer is free to do whatever, especially in 5 years time when the value of "certified for windows" wares off. Or on products that do not carry certification such as motherboards. This is the suitable solution for users who choose to buy into the Secureboot mentallity. However Red Hat and Fedora seem to think that it is too difficult for a user to disable secure boot so they want to pay to have a signed locked down version of Linux. This is esentially saying that they are supporting Secure boot 100% in all forms.

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