I still think that they are the good guys here. They're a commercial entity and they need to survive in an UEFI world. So besides protesting, they also need to have a "plan B" ready for when the s**t hits the fan. Having an healthy Red Hat is important for the whole Linux community IMHO.
Originally Posted by slojam
is a company who owes it's investors a share. I do believe they want to do right. But when you have MS craamming their .. up your A$$ and telling you to smile for the cameras....
I am unsure what to think about RH. I hope all works out. The next couple of years will certainly shed a light on things.
You do have a point. USA is not the center of the world, and I agree that we should not let American companies control our systems.
Originally Posted by x616e
It also gives Microsoft an unfair advantage that they get to have their key pre-installed, while other vendors (such as Red Hat, Novell and Canonical) does not.
What a joke. Then you will all alone and left with no friends. Everyone will be using SecureBoot systems.
Originally Posted by x616e
Consumers refuse to buy something? Wow, I wish we had educated consumers, we don't. Most people are dumb and uneducated.
If piracy wasn't a problem, then why would Microsoft invest millions in the various WGA / WPA / OGA programs, which even have the harmful side effect of annoying their honest customers?
Originally Posted by garegin
Yes, hackers will most probably crack the new model, too, but one thing is "double click an exe and you're done", and another one is "solder stuff to your dvd drive to hack its firmware, and hope that MS doesn't remotely blacklist you" (see Microsoft's gaming consoles). I'm not saying that this is happening now (secure boot CAN be disabled for now, after all), but the direction we're heading is clear. Moreover, starting with Windows 8 they're (optionally for now) binding your Windows login to your Microsoft Live account - if I were a pirate, I wouldn't want to get caught by Microsoft cracking Windows when they know everything about me.
Normally, I'm happy when MS strengthens its copy protection schemes. I'll bet a lot of people in the "software is a tool" camp are actually pirates: I wouldn't otherwise understand how they shun, say, the Gimp for Adobe Photoshop, when the latter costs $700; is there somebody who actually spends that much to remove the red eyes from his holiday photos? So, having them actually pay for the software they use might make those people reconsider the actual value of "free" software.
However, binding MS' software to everybody's hardware has the unfortunate side effect of subtly forcing people NOT to use free software. Or non-MS software in general. Which is the aspect of "secure" boot that I find unacceptable.
That will be hard.
Originally Posted by diriel
Soon most systems will be UEFI and soon all systems will be UEFI.
Soon there will be no more systems using BIOS.
Coreboot support is weak and is mostly limited to some embedded devices and servers. Not much for desktop computers and laptops.
WGA, WPA, OGA are great.
Originally Posted by peppepz
Windows is commercial and proprietary software. If people want Windows they should pay for it. If they don't want to pay, they should get a free operating system.
If people don't like WGA, etc then they should switch operating system to one without it.
I used to use Windows but got increasingly fed up with WGA and restrictive EULAs, so I switched to Ubuntu.
Last edited by uid313; 06-04-2012 at 05:33 AM.
When you reboot hardware, who is called? It is very well possible to implement. Of course, "real-time" protection won't work anymore, but just comparing CRC and restoring on failure is sufficient enough.
Originally Posted by JanC
The thing that they are doing here is a lot bigger however - they are trying to create semi-HDCP, but for all middleware level. And because they are not giving users the control and understanding, that means they want to decide what is to be allowed all by themselves (corporations).
Bullsh1t, fact is cracked versions pass checks, do not require revalidations, have no hardware bindings. Fact is - cracked systems are a lot easier to work with than with "legit". It is same as with DVD/BR - unskippable titles/ads, impossibility to backup, huge limitation of platforms. I don't use windows since 2007, but I do keep eye on whats happening there. Fact is: If people want Windows, they MUST pay and MUST endure all trash it throws at them. If people do not want Windows, they are seen as criminals. Like in DDR, the slaves are forced to move the wheel forward and all trespassers are shot on site. People who are using LIBRE operating systems are just FED UP with this BS; they are VERY WELL CAPABLE OF PAYING. They just smart enough not to pay for BS. Enjoy the fukts...
Originally Posted by uid313
+1 to what..