Two white papers have been published on the subject of how the UEFI secure
boot specification can be made to work with free operating systems. The
first is Making
UEFI Secure Boot Work With Open Platforms
by James Bottomley and
Jonathan Corbet; it is published by the Linux Foundation. "Linux and
other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot
if it is implemented properly in the hardware. This document is intended to
describe how the UEFI secure boot specification can be implemented to
interoperate well with open systems and to avoid adversely affecting the
rights of the owners of those systems while providing compliance with
proprietary software vendors' requirements.
Secure Boot Impact on Linux [PDF], published by Red Hat and Canonical,
was written by Jeremy Kerr, Matthew Garrett, and James Bottomley.
"We present a set of recommendations that will allow users the
freedom to choose their software, while retaining the security features of
UEFI Secure Boot, and complying with open source licenses used in
distributions of Linux."
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