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On 06/19/2012 09:25 PM, Rich Freeman wrote:
>> In theory, the kernel could be modified to only execute signed binaries
>> and portage could be modified to produce signed binaries. The user could
>> build a system that required everything to be signed with the private
>> key of his choice. A hardened system that required signed binaries would
>> be even more secure than a typical system using Secure Boot where only
>> the bootloader, kernel and kernel modules are signed. The user would be
>> in full control of his hardware. The user would not need to pay for this
>> and the system would also boot faster.
> You can do all of this with the UEFI firmware that will come with your
> computer already. Why replace it?
We would gain a faster boot process. We would also enable people to
avoid paying money for keys that can be revoked without a refund.
I would rather people make donations to the Gentoo Foundation
voluntarily than to Verisign out of necessity, but that is just me.