[sf-lug] Fedora dealing with UEFI
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Jun 2 14:15:16 PDT 2012
Quoting Bobbie Sellers (bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com):
> Fedora Linux capitulates to Microsoft boot certificate
No. That's simply wrong.
A system in custom mode should allow you to delete all existing keys
and replace them with your own. After that it's just a matter of
re-signing the Fedora bootloader (like I said, we'll be providing
tools and documentation for that) and you'll have a computer that will
boot Fedora but which will refuse to boot any Microsoft code.
(You provided that link, but I'm guessing you didn't stop to read it.)
A machine with UEFI Secure Boot enforced in the boot firmware is no
longer a general-purpose computer, and so you shouldn't purchase one
unless you're prepared to either deal with its enforcement mechanisms or
reflash your BIOS with something more tractible (such as Coreboot,
http://www.coreboot.org/). 'Dealing with its enforcement mechanisms'
can mean putting the BIOS into custom mode and loading it with your
_own_ code signatures, as Matthew Garrett mentions above.
 Your subject header notwithstanding, the problem is not UEFI itself,
but rather UEFI Secure Boot.
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