Matthew Garrett pushed a malicious ‘feature’ (antifeature) of Microsoft and now we all pay for it; instead of working to remove the restrictions, Garrett is nowadays working hard to remove RMS (the messenger)

What a load of bullshit. You can, in fact, install the new Ubuntu versions and flavours, it’s just the upgrade path that isn’t there yet – which is actually quite common. LTS releases even wait for the .1 release before enabling upgrades.

There are two sides of SecureBoot: The “MS is the only CA” side and the “You can have measured and signed boot”. The former is, unanimously, agreed to be bad. But this isn’t something the Linux community can protest by not allowing for the latter to happen.

The latter is actually a really great addition wrt security. Your full disk encryption is shite when you pass borders, if you don’t sign your system binaries. Travelling, at least before Covid, wasn’t that uncommon, I’ve heard.

All the cases where the FBI is whining about not being able to unlock iPhones? It’s because Apple uses a combination of signed, attested boot and encryption. Do we really want a Linux which is less secure than your average smartphone? Or even a fucking Windows?

This “problem” here affects those who want to upgrade now. But this group is also capable to deactivate SB or custom-sign the shim. All regular users don’t care and upgrade when it’s ready.

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Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution (or distro for short).

Distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting system software and libraries, many of which are provided by the GNU Project. Many Linux distributions use the word “Linux” in their name, but the Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to emphasize the importance of GNU software, causing some controversy.

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