Linux-Libre and Trechearous Computing
lxoliva at fsfla.org
Thu Feb 18 07:58:22 UTC 2010
On Feb 17, 2010, Ted Smith <teddks at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-02-17 at 02:21 -0200, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> On Feb 16, 2010, Ted Smith <teddks at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Since their (non-Free) boot loader will refuse to boot up the kernel if
>> the boot partition isn't signed, Tivo prevents any unauthorized changes
>> to the system, without requiring a fully-frozen root filesystem.
> To maintain my point: if the non-free boot loader was replaced by a free
> one, we could strip out the other code that uses the TPM.
Yup. As long as the replacement was still Free, i.e., not also Tivoized
by some earlier software loader.
> Non-free software is the problem, not the TPM.
> I feel that TPMs could still be very useful as a security device,
Likewise. Useful for privacy, too.
AFAIK the origins of TPM research and development have little to do with
control *over* users. And, even if it isn't so, it can still be put to
very good uses.
Trusted Computing is welcome, it's Treacherous Computing that's the
Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter http://FSFLA.org/~lxoliva/
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