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From: Greg KH <gregkh@g.o>
Subject: Re: Killing UEFI Secure Boot
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:08:58 -0700
On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 06:11:46PM -0400, Richard Yao wrote:
> I know that there is a great deal of discussion on the effect that
> UEFI Secure Boot will have on us. As far as I know, Secure Boot is
> implemented in the UEFI firmware and if we replace the firmware,
> Secure Boot issues disappear.

Stop right there.  That's just not going to happen, sorry.  You aren't
going to be able to get a user to replace their BIOS, nor should you
ever want to.  You are not going to be able to keep up with the
hundreds, if not thousands, of different motherboards being introduced
every month, in order to just get rid of the secure boot option.

You have a much better chance of just telling the user, "Disable the
Secure Boot option in your BIOS".  "No, that doesn't mean that Linux
isn't secure."  "Yes, I understand it looks that way."

And the conversation degenerates from there.

Sorry, not a valid solution.

And I want secure boot on my machines, with a key I trust, don't you?
If not, why not?  I know lots of others that also want this, why deny
them the ability to run Gentoo on their hardware?

greg k-h


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