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

Robert Vogel vogel at ct.metrocast.net
Wed Aug 29 18:50:47 CEST 2007

Very Strange.

I didn't write the note attributed to me (below). It's not clear where it 
came from.

I'll comment on it though: It LinusBIOS is licensed under GPLv3, it is my 
understanding that there are good protections against Tivoization.
Also if the code is fully disclosed I think that there is considerably less 
possibility of treachery. That's why I think it could be better at home.

The question that I asked...which I'm stilling searching for an answer:

If there are one million computers running LinuxBios, are they dedicated to
server farms ?

...or can they be used as desktop machines ? Looking at 
http://linuxbios.org/Products most vendors are
 configuring clusters and it is not clear if anyone offers a desktop 
machine. The FSF says that it is working on one.

Are there any vendors that will attempt a desktop machine with LinuxBios ?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Millan" <rmh at aybabtu.com>
To: "Robert Vogel" <vogel at ct.metrocast.net>
Cc: "Stefan Reinauer" <stepan at coresystems.de>; <linuxbios at linuxbios.org>; 
<echelon at free.fr>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

> On Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 09:39:10AM -0400, Robert Vogel wrote:
>> >> Maybe this is sligtly off topic here (and a little bit paranoid..), 
>> >> but
>> >> when one
>> >> consider the fact that "trusted computing" becomes more and more
>> >> prevalent in
>> >> new systems (mandatory soon maybe?!), doesn't this outright kill the 
>> >> LB
>> >> project?
>> >
>> > The opposite is the case. LinuxBIOS is the _only_ chance out there that
>> > allows controlling the restrictions. It does not restrict the vendor in
>> > controlling the "bootblock" -- Since there is no such thing as the
>> > bootblock in LinuxBIOSv2, I wonder what the technical meaning of that
>> > part of the specification is supposed to be.
> 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?
> -- 
> Robert Millan
> <GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
> <DRM> What use is a phone call, if you are unable to speak?
> (as seen on /.)
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