Random comments on LinuxBIOS

Jeremy Jackson jerj at coplanar.net
Wed Apr 16 21:41:01 CEST 2003

If anyone has some actual patent #'s we can all find out more at

Of interest so far I find:

US6546489: Disk drive which provides a secure boot of a host computer system
from a protected area of a disk
-doesn't sound like it uses PKI but it's a start
US6175924: Method and apparatus for protecting application data in secure
storage areas
-uses PKI, but for userspace code.

And we could see the really interesting stuff about MS's Palladium (I know,
they changed the name...) pending applications for a mere $75 a month.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Agnew" <agnew at cs.umd.edu>
To: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederman at lnxi.com>
Cc: "McMechan, James W CIV" <james.mcmechan at navy.mil>;
<linuxbios at clustermatic.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: Random comments on LinuxBIOS

> > In addition there is some background work on secure/trusted booting.  I
> > know if anything has really happened with that yet, but ADLO grow out of
> > the interest in trusted booting.
> The evils of software patents are still in force. It exists, it can't be
> released..
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