Is this something we (as consumers of FreeBSD) need to be aware of?]

Daniel Staal DStaal at
Wed Jun 6 16:49:59 UTC 2012

On 2012-06-05 17:20, Jerry wrote:

> The question that I have not seen answered in this thread is what
> FreeBSD intents to do. From what I have seen, most FreeBSD users do 
> not
> use the latest versions of most hardware, so it may be a while before
> its user base is even effected.

I don't believe at this point FreeBSD has any intent one way or 
another, really.  It's not an immediate problem for any platform 
supported by the FreeBSD project, at least for a technically-inclined 
user who's willing to check out their BIOS.  (Even if they are using the 
latest hardware, the x86-derived platforms aren't going to require this 
code signing yet.)  So it'll probably be a 'wait and see if it's 
something the FreeBSD community needs a solution for' at this point.  
But this is just my impression.

In slight defense of RedHat: They do a lot of worrying about enterprise 
and government customers, many of whom don't really care what platform 
they are running on - as long as they can get 'support' and it passes 
their security/operational tests.  In that environment, I can easily see 
some middle-manager decreeing that disabling the signed-boot process is 
verboten, without any understanding of the meaning or the consequences, 
and enforcing it on the whole company/division, to the point where any 
non-signed OS would be thrown out the door.  FreeBSD has probably 
already been thrown out the door at those types of locations, as there 
is no 'official' support channel.  (Yes, for my sins, I work at one of 

Daniel T. Staal

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