Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 19:06:04 EST

On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 00:01 +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> Ar Mer, 2006-09-27 am 13:41 -0700, ysgrifennodd Linus Torvalds:
> > I think the hatred of pins became so high that it became almost
> > unacceptable for motherboard designers to add them on PC's. Nobody wants
> > to open their case any more ;)
> Actually some of the smarter ones wired it to the SMM indications in the
> chipset so that only BIOS controlled SMM management code can do the
> update and that does checksumming or basic very crude crypto type
> checks.
> Fortunately the thought of a slammer equivalent that erases the firmware
> isn't something most vendors want to risk their stock price and business
> on.

This protection is treacherous and unethical! It restricts your ultimate
freedom to render your own box useless. :)


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