Linux Foundation struggles with Microsoft's Secure Boot signing service

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by lotuseclat79, Nov 21, 2012.

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  1. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

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    Your right. But Win RT hardware is specifically designed for Win RT (just like iPads and iOS), where as x86/x64 is a general purpose hardware specification.

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  2. NGRhodes

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    Quite possible that future systems, other than Windows 8 RT could adopt secure boot, could. But not read/heard of any examples in passing. IMHO Apple would be a suitable candidate for their iOS devices (iPad, iPhone etc) and their preference for a closed ecosystem.
     
  3. Wild Hunter

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    Yeah. And I just can't see Apple being kindly enough to subsidize some Secure Boot signing service like Microsoft is doing right now.
     
  4. BrandiCandi

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    I don't see that as a real issue. This can hardly be the reason Linux won't go mainstream. Fine by me- I like feeling 31337 with my vanilla Ubuntu installation... lol

    Actually now that I know I can disable it, I kind of like the feature. I recently learned of the dancing pigs problem, this feature definitely helps for those users.
     
  5. Hungry Man

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    Consider Ubuntu; it has become the most popular distribution. I think a large part of that has been due to its installer, Wubi. It's ridiculously easy to just double click and be done - any level of user can basically do this.

    Ease of installation is a major factor in OS adoption, and this affects the ease of installation. Ubuntu instructions now have to say: "Disable SecureBoot - see OEM instructions on how to do so", which leaves the user having to deal with the installation process via OEM settings that may be different per OEM. On top of that it's asking them to disable a security feature, which users may be wary to do.

    It's just one more step, and on its own it's not a big deal. But it definitely adds to the "Linux is for people who are good with computers" mentality when you've got to dig around your system just to set it up.
     
  6. BrandiCandi

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    I guess. As a new user I found the need to research every problem daunting. I still think this ranks low on the list of things keeping Linux from going mainstream. Drivers are much higher on the list- they require lots of digging around your system and internet to find solutions (if a solution exists at all).
     
  7. Hungry Man

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    I'm not saying if Linux were easy to install everyone would be running it. But I think a major issue with any OS adoption rate is how easy it is to install. Just as being able to set it up easily (ie: with proper drivers, etc) is another major component.
     
  8. NGRhodes

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    Most people don't even know they can install a different OS, alone how to. Most just keep what it comes with.
     
  9. J_L

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    I though they've already worked on a solution for 12.10 and 12.04.2?
     
  10. lotuseclat79

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    Secure Boot bootloader for Linux.

    -- Tom
     
  11. BrandiCandi

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    Nice find lotuseclat79!
    :thumb:
     
  12. YES, very nice!
     
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