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Linux NOT bootable????

Linux NOT bootable????

Posted Nov 8, 2012 15:56 UTC (Thu) by eparis (subscriber, #33060)
In reply to: Linux NOT bootable???? by faramir
Parent article: UEFI secure boot kernel restrictions

Not FUD. It will be on by default and we don't want users to have to go into BIOS and turn off 'security' in order to boot a livecd, or install a Linux distro. No one is saying they can't, and if they do it will work just fine without anything special, but we don't think users want to or know how to turn off 'security'.


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Linux NOT bootable????

Posted Nov 8, 2012 18:42 UTC (Thu) by faramir (subscriber, #2327) [Link]

"No one is saying they can't ..."

Actually that is exactly what the article said. Someone who just read the article and hadn't spent as much time following the issue as I (or you) would be misinformed.

I was surprised to read that as I was pretty sure that it was wrong, but then again this was an actual LWN article so maybe I was wrong. That's why I asked for clarification. I'm perfectly willing to accept that this was an error on the part of the original author and not an attempt at FUD. I do, however, see it as problem in that makes it too easy for people who say that UEFI security is not an issue to easily discount the more subtle arguments about LiveCDs etc.

Linux NOT bootable????

Posted Nov 14, 2012 14:44 UTC (Wed) by Lennie (guest, #49641) [Link]

Windows 8 hardware on ARM has EUFI secure boot enabled, as demanded by Microsoft on the OEMs and there is no off switch.

Currently they can't force that on the x86/amd64 desktop market, because of anti-trust issues.

But maybe they can force it on the server market ?

Also if Windows 8 would be unpopulair on x86/amd64 and Microsoft lost a large share of the desktop market. In that case they could force it on their desktop market OEMs too.

So if the Year of the Linux desktop ever happend, they have a weapon ready ?

I'm very unhappy with this situation.

Linux NOT bootable????

Posted Nov 15, 2012 19:15 UTC (Thu) by ccurtis (guest, #49713) [Link]

Windows 8 hardware on ARM has EUFI secure boot enabled, as demanded by Microsoft on the OEMs and there is no off switch. Currently they can't force that on the x86/amd64 desktop market, because of anti-trust issues. But maybe they can force it on the server market ?

I'm not sure anti-trust is the reason, but this does raise an interesting thought. It seems that AMD may be looking to drive ARM processors into the server market[1]. The future may very well be ARM hardware instead of x86 -- already netbooks and laptops, etc. are going ARM. Is this an attempt to lock out Linux from the future computing markets if x86 wanes? And what about hybrid cores? Like big.LITTLE or the PS/3 but maybe instead x86 with a dozen ARM coprocessors (or v/v)?

[1] AMD promises 64-bit ARM-based Opteron server CPUs coming in 2014

Linux NOT bootable????

Posted Nov 15, 2012 19:36 UTC (Thu) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

Linux can't be locked out of the server space in any foreseeable future, it is far too dominant, not even MS billions has been able to change that.


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