07.03.12

Coverage of the Free Software Foundation’s Response to UEFI

Posted in FSF at 8:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A quick overview of some articles about UEFI, as seen in the eyes of a free(dom) software authority

THE OTHER day we wrote about the FSF's advice regarding UEFI. Canonical’s workaround [1, 2, 3] was criticised by the FSF and the FSF also criticised Red Hat’s route [1, 2, 3, 4], as did we. Debian is with the FSF. The realisation that Microsoft wants to control the boot sequence oughtn’t be met with nonchalance. Here is some more coverage of the FSF’s action:

  • Free Software Foundation Publishes Whitepaper on Secure boot

    Secureboot has always been a concern of Linux distributions as it means people will not be able to run and install GNU/Linux operating systems on their computers those who have secure boot enabled. To overcome this issue, Fedora has decided to purchase keys signed by VerSign that will make the computer recognizable to its operating system and will enable users to run it. All Fedora releases will come with this key and henceforth there will not be a problem in installing Fedora on secureboot enabled machines.

  • FSF slams Microsoft imposition of secure boot

    The Free Software Foundation says it strongly rejects any approach to computer security that involves placing trust in Microsoft or any other proprietary software company.

    Instead, the organisation, in a white paper on Microsoft’s secure boot proposal and the fallout thereof, said users should be able to both easily disable secure boot and to use their own security keys in order that they could be the ultimate decision-maker on which software should run on their computers.

There is an HTML version of the FSF’s recommendation. Good points are made therein. It’s not too long.

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