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From: Philip Webb <purslow@××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] UEFI secure boot and Gentoo
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 03:19:21
Message-Id: 20120616031827.GF2874@ca.inter.net
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] UEFI secure boot and Gentoo by Greg KH
120615 Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 01:48:05AM -0400, Philip Webb wrote: >> Does this affect those of us who build our own machines ? > Yes, it will be on your new motherboard in a matter of months.
I am going to build a new machine some time in the next 12 mth , but it looks as if all I will have to do is reset the BIOS , which I'm likely to have to do for other features in any case.
>> Is there likely to be any Gentoo user >> who is reluctant to change the default BIOS setting ? > Probably lots.
That surprises me, but we'll find out.
>> How can UEFI be required for Arm without running into anti-trust ? > Different countries have different rules here.
Discussion + news items in the press do suggest that it's not anti-trust as long as it's not benefitting 1 company. Anyway, I'm not likely to be using ARM, let alone jailbreaking it.
>> How far is this basically a problem for those in the USA, >> the rest of us having a different attitude to security issues ? > Everyone in all countries are going to have to deal with this, > as all motherboard manufacturers are going to be supporting this > by the end of 2012 at the latest, due to the Windows 8 requirements.
As with other similar issues in the past, we can expect the EU antitrust people to take a close look at it & they may start demanding that computers are easily unlockable, if not actually required to be sold with UEFI disabled by default. Despite current scare stories out of London & New York, the EU is by no means finished as a political entity & no-one in USA should assume the EU will follow their lead or even that Canada will, despite our current Conservative government. I see a need for careful thought at Gentoo, but no need for panic. Thanks for your horse's mouth (smile). -- ========================,,============================================ SUPPORT ___________//___, Philip Webb ELECTRIC /] [] [] [] [] []| Cities Centre, University of Toronto TRANSIT `-O----------O---' purslowatchassdotutorontodotca