Playing the game automatically concedes defeat
Posted Jan 26, 2013 1:49 UTC (Sat) by cas
In reply to: Playing a game that cannot be won?
Parent article: Signing ELF binaries
Now if MS were to revoke a Linux key, then we can show the courts that we did everything and then some to not be a source of compromise. Even if Linux ends up being a source of a security breach, the fact that we did so much to avoid it, will at least demonstrate that it was not due to neglect on our part.
Actually, it would work in exactly the opposite way - by attempting to implement Microsoft's secure boot and failing, they are legitimising Microsoft's demands and providing justification for Microsoft to revoke linux keys for failure to comply or for any reason at all.
i.e. by attempting to implement, they are undermining their best argument (in court and in the outside world), that Microsoft has no legal right to unilaterally grant itself the power to decide what is allowed to boot, and that their attempt to do so is an illegal abuse of a monopoly.
These attempts to appease Microsoft are short-sighted and we will all come to regret them bitterly - even if they succeed (unlikely), the absolute best we can hope for is centralised control over official bootable linux kernels. say goodbye to small and non-commercial distros, say goodbye to experimentation. and say goodbye to the right to run whatever the hell you want on your own hardware. And that's the best. The actual result is likely to be far worse.
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