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From: Philip Webb <purslow@...>
Subject: Re: UEFI secure boot and Gentoo
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:18:27 -0400
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).

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References:
UEFI secure boot and Gentoo
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Re: UEFI secure boot and Gentoo
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Re: UEFI secure boot and Gentoo
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