There’s an interesting post on Matthew Garrett’s blog talking about how they plan to implement EUFI secure boot in Fedora. It’s not an easy solution for the open sorcerer to stomach as it involves paying $99 to Verisign for a Microsoft key.
We’ve been working on this for months. This isn’t an attractive solution, but it is a workable one. We came to the conclusion that every other approach was unworkable. The cause of free software isn’t furthered by making it difficult or impossible for unskilled users to run Linux, and while this approach does have its downsides it does also avoid us ending up where we were in the 90s. Users will retain the freedom to run modified software and we wouldn’t have accepted any solution that made that impossible.
It’ll be interesting to see if other distributions take the same approach. Who knows, maybe the thought of paying $99 for a Microsoft key will help to curb the excessive forking into thousands of niche distributions and finally give the Linux desktop some focus.
Maybe that’s the silver lining?