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Re: the ghost of UEFI and Micr0$0ft

On 06/06/2012 08:43 PM, Christofer C. Bell wrote:
On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM, Roger Leigh<rleigh@codelibre.net>  wrote:
On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 01:07:23PM -0400, Tom H wrote:
What's non-free about signing the "boot-chain"?
Do I have the freedom to build and install and boot my own kernel?

No?  Looks like I lost the freedom to have any semblance of control
over my own hardware.
You have the freedom to either:

a.) Disable Secure Boot and run your own kernel
Not on ARM hardware that is certified for Windows 8 AFAIK.


b.) Generate your own signing key, sign your own kernel, and load your
own key into your system's UEFI.
I doubt that this will be easy- they'll have to make it inordinately difficult to discourage social engineering attacks and the like.
You have no lost any semblance of control over your own hardware.
Yes, you have. Luckily (at least in the U.S.) we have a free market, so you have choices available to you. You don't have to buy the crippleware, you have other options. And the most important thing that we, as free software/fair use advocates, can do, is force the large corporations to back down through economic means. They won't sell it if we don't buy it.


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