I hate to burst your bubble lewmur, but:
By Ed Bott | November 2, 2011, 5:29am PDT
Summary: The drumbeat from Linux advocates about a key security feature in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 is getting louder. They call it an anti-Linux plot. But the two leading PC makers disagree with them. I’ve got exclusive details.
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Oh, and there's this:
By Katherine Noyes, PCWorld
There's been considerable concern in recent weeks over the secure boot mechanism planned for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8, primarily among Linux users and others worried that the technology will make it impossible to run alternative operating systems on Windows 8 certified PCs.
Such fears were only compounded when the Free Software Foundation weighed in with its own statement of concern about what the technology might mean for users of free and open source software.
On Friday, however, the Linux Foundation added its own voice and perspective to the mix with an explanation of why secure boot doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing for Linux users.
'If It Is Implemented Properly'
Secure boot offers “the prospect of a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that can improve the security of many system deployments,” write Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board Chair James Bottomley and Technical Advisory Board Member Jonathan Corbet in the group's six-page document (PDF).
“Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware,” they add.
That's a big “if,” of course, and the paper makes several key recommendations to help ensure that happens.
The rest of the article is here.
Edited by mac, 11 November 2011 - 05:58 PM.