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Re: grub to help refund of pre-installations

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: grub to help refund of pre-installations
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 16:39:21 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 08:24:33AM +0200, Michael Gorven wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 July 2008 07:32:40 Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> > This news, basically, says that my company will provide a solution to
> > activating pre-installed software in a computer, after entering an access
> > code with cryptography, using GRUB 2.
> I have been working on adding support for encrypted partitions to GRUB2. It 
> includes a generic crypto module with numerous ciphers and hashes, which may 
> be useful to you. My patch[1] is still waiting for further review and for 
> some legal issues to be addressed.

I think what Okuji said means merging it in GRUB 2 is not a prerequisite
for this plan:

So, my current plan is to help this work only under the name of my company,
but not as the official maintainer, and I will not incorporate the result
into the official source code. I might check in patches, when they are
generally useful, and nothing with DRM. But the very feature will not be a
part of genuine GRUB, but be provided as a form of a patch. Anyway, GRUB 2
has been developed in the way that third parties can make extensions easily,
so it is not hard to maintain an optional feature externally.

Robert Millan

<GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
<DRM> What good is a phone call… if you are unable to speak?
(as seen on /.)

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