Linus supports Secure Boot and doesn't think its a big deal
"And if it's only $99 to get a key for Fedora, I don't see what the huge deal is." - Linus Torvalds
P.S. We discussed this earlier with Red Hat and Canonical possibly paying for the keys to get their OSes through the Windows 8 secure boot. How this affects smaller distros could be a different story. With Trisquel, won't it already be paid for by Canonical since it is based off Ubuntu or will Ruben have to fork over $99?
> it is based off Ubuntu or will Ruben have to fork over $99?
If Canonical decides to do it like Red Hat, takes to sign binaries from
other projects unlike Red Hat (we use different kernel builds) and if
Rubén decides to make installation on systems using Secure Boot easier
(by not requiring to change a BIOS setting) instead of keeping
installation of custom kernels or modules equally easy as the system
ones. I don't expect all these assumptions to happen.
Not really sure if he "supports" it but neither does he go against it. Basically he's saying that Windows security WILL be hackable and will be renedered useless.
“The real problem, I feel, is that clever hackers will bypass the whole key issue either by getting a key of their own (how many of those private keys have stayed really private again? Oh, that’s right, pretty much none of them) or they’ll just take advantage of security bugs in signed software to bypass it without a key at all.”
But I guess that's expected from Mr. Torvalds.
Check it out. Linus Torvalds thinks that users "breaking into" their own computers by "taking advantage of security bugs" is "the real problem." This is one of the reasons why GNU doesn't want its work being associated only with this man.
Here's an update on Canonical and Secure Boot:
"Canonical have today responded with plans on how they intend to approach the SecureBoot situation to ensure that Ubuntu ‘works smoothly’ for users of devices enabled with it.
Firstly, Canonical has generated an Ubuntu key that, once manually added to affected systems, will allows users to boot Ubuntu.
‘Simple ways for enterprises and consumers to use this key‘ will be announced in due course.
Ubuntu will also use a different kind of boot-loader for Ubuntu on SecureBoot hardware – one not based on the traditional GRUB2.