[arch-general] Campaign against Secure Boot

Kevin Chadwick ma1l1ists at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jun 26 11:58:45 EDT 2012

Having looked again at the fsfs campaign.

We, the undersigned, urge all computer makers implementing UEFI's
so-called "Secure Boot" to do it in a way that allows free software
operating systems to be installed. To respect user freedom and truly
protect user security, manufacturers must either allow computer owners
to disable the boot restrictions, or provide a sure-fire way for them
to install and run a free software operating system of their choice. We
commit that we will neither purchase nor recommend computers that strip
users of this critical freedom, and we will actively urge people in our
communities to avoid such jailed systems.

The latest spec (may 9th) mandates disabling, not sure if it has
changed in that respect? IN which case their may be light for the

> I believe Microsoft could use it as a selling or anti competition point
> i.e. your company can use secure boot but only if you use Windows on
> this cheap hardware you desire or bought last year. what's more is
> there is no technical reason for this situation.
> Can you sign keys as Tom mentioned? I hope so, the word import or
> signed keys are not in Microsofts document atleast.

Ensuring users can add keys and allowing multiboot and reasonably easy
usage of livecds without disabling secureboot all together should be
the current campaign.


 Why not do something good every day and install BOINC.

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