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Linus Torvalds on Windows 8, UEFI, and Fedora

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The Linux Foundation had proposed a system by “Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware. This consists of.

All platforms that enable UEFI secure boot should ship in setup mode where the owner has control over which platform key (PK) is installed. It should also be possible for the owner to return a system to setup mode in the future if needed.

This all makes sense, but none of it has happened. So Fedora felt, since the next release of the distribution will be coming out at about the same time as Windows 8, that they had to do something.

This has flown as well in some Linux circles as a lead balloon. “How could you make a deal with the Devil!” “You’ve sold out!” And, for hard core developers, “I can’t build my own Linux from your source code now without jumping through hoops!”

Setting the anger aside, there’s something to all of this, but as Torvalds told me, “Yes, yes, the sky is falling, and I should be running around like a headless chicken in despair over signing keys."

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