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Preparing the kernel for UEFI secure boot
Posted Sep 10, 2012 12:18 UTC (Mon) by Aissen (subscriber, #59976)
If Fedora refuses to provide signed nvidia drivers, it could also mean that one of the most expected, biggest "Linux Desktop advantage" will be annihilated: the ability to easily run games on Linux (i.e without fiddling with your BIOS). With the Steam beta around the corner, things coulnd't go more wrong.
Sure people could still run nouveau. Except they won't, if performance isn't on par with the proprietary driver.
Posted Sep 10, 2012 12:25 UTC (Mon) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Is this legal, what with nvidia.ko being a derived work of both the kernel and NVIDIA's proprietary driver?
Posted Sep 10, 2012 12:28 UTC (Mon) by Aissen (subscriber, #59976)
Oh yeah. It depends who you ask. It hasn't been taken to court yet.
Note that the nvidia module uses an GPL layer that then loads the nvidia binary and does the link between the two.
Posted Sep 10, 2012 12:44 UTC (Mon) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Posted Sep 10, 2012 16:26 UTC (Mon) by Aissen (subscriber, #59976)
Posted Sep 11, 2012 2:59 UTC (Tue) by dirtyepic (subscriber, #30178)
Now, that said, I imagine the intersection of Linux users wanting to do high-performance gaming and those needing secure-boot is a pretty small cross-section of the population. And really, who is more accustomed to fiddling with BIOS settings than gamers? It's another hoop, but let's not pretend there aren't already a dozen others set up.
Posted Sep 11, 2012 16:00 UTC (Tue) by Aissen (subscriber, #59976)
I didn't mean to. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be solved, otherwise people trying to remove the other hoops will encounter the same argument, and it will never be working out of the box.
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