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Re: the ghost of UEFI and Micr0$0ft

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM, Ralf Mardorf
<ralf.mardorf@alice-dsl.net> wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-06-07 at 23:34 +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
>> Let's be clear what this is.  I have to get *permission* from someone
>> else, to run a program on my own computer.  To actually use my
>> computer to do my stuff, I have to take extraordinary steps to get
>> someone else to grant me access.  That's *fundamentally wrong*.
> +1
> Moreover that someone is Microsoft, while Linux is a rival on the
> software market and Microsoft is known for unlawful acting to get rid of
> business competition. Without being paranoid, for me there's some
> negative connotation.

No, -1, since Roger's assumption isn't true.

> The handling for the end user is optimized to fit to the needs of
> Windows end users. Slavko already has written that Windows end users
> don't compile Windows kernels, but Linux end users do.

Microsoft takes care of the code signing for the kernel they build and
provide with their operating system.  Fedora is doing the same,
utilizing Microsoft's key.  Linux users who want to compile their own
kernel and become, in effect, a "distributor" of a custom Linux kernel
can do the same for themselves -- generate a signing key, and sign
their own kernel -- just as Microsoft signs theirs.


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