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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
LSS: Secure Boot
Posted Sep 14, 2012 11:14 UTC (Fri) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Yea, what people implementing "Secure" Boot &c seem to be especially worried about is to enable exactly the opposite to what Corbet described in this week's LWN first article:
> It is time to pay more attention to the copyright maximalist agenda and push back. Fair use rights must be asserted where they exist and created where they don't. The business concerns of the entertainment industry should not drive the design of our systems, our networks, and our international agreements.
> the system we use to ensure the freedom of our software can also take away our freedom on other fronts if we do not pay attention. A world where our right to express ourselves is moderated by somebody else's software — usually very proprietary software — is not what we have been working for.
Boot signing -- "secure" boot -- has a deep flaw: that (practically) all software is exploitable to do something it was not meant to do, and that it will be exploited by people with enough to gain by it.
Posted Sep 14, 2012 13:07 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1)
What everyone needs to know
Posted Sep 15, 2012 22:57 UTC (Sat) by CChittleborough (subscriber, #60775)
(Notice that secure boot is an attempt to solve a real problem, not some dastardly plot by mustache-twirling villains, and has real advantages as well as real disadvantages.)
Changing topic: let's all try to avoid making Matthew Garrett's life any harder. Let's all be grateful he's working on this stuff, because we need his work.
Posted Sep 22, 2012 23:15 UTC (Sat) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
Posted Sep 23, 2012 12:05 UTC (Sun) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
Posted Sep 23, 2012 14:16 UTC (Sun) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
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