[LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

Stefan Reinauer stepan at coresystems.de
Wed Aug 29 17:58:15 CEST 2007

* Robert Millan <rmh at aybabtu.com> [070829 17:37]:
> I don't mean to start a flame but, uhm well I'll have to take the risk :-)
> Have you considered the possiblity that LinuxBIOS is used for Tivoization?

There are certain applications where you do not want the user to be able
to change the software running on a device. Like most things, this can
be used for good and for bad. 

But it does not need LinuxBIOS to do bad things, nor is LinuxBIOS
specifically designed to enable people doing them.

Like vendors could use LinuxBIOS for Tivoization, a friendly government
could build a nuke controlled by an embedded system which is started by
LinuxBIOS because systems really should be operational in less than a
second. Creating innovation is not an appropriate method to prevent
such things. Sure it does not aid them either.

The opposite... if people do it with LinuxBIOS, we know at least what
happens ;)

my 0.02€


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