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Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors' to open source for working with Microsoft

ComputerWorldUK - Secure boot, via the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface, has been a source of controversy in the open source community since its announcement

Theo de Raadt, the founder of the OpenBSD project and a well-known figure in the open-source community, attacked commercial Linux vendors Red Hat and Canonical in an interview with ITWire for their plans to work with Microsoft's secure boot system.

Secure boot, via the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface, has been a source of controversy in the open source community since its announcement. Critics paint it as an anti-competitive attempt to squeeze out alternative operating systems, forcing computer makers to comply with Microsoft's secure boot standards - which, in the case of ARM-based systems, require that no option to turn off UEFI be provided. (X86 users will have the option of disabling secure boot.)

This put Linux developers in a tough spot, and some - including Red Hat and Canonical - have opted to simply fall in line with Microsoft's plans, purchasing the required keys from the Redmond giant in the hopes of avoiding any loss of functionality.