On 06/29/2011 02:07 AM, Adam Williamson wrote:
On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 10:01 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 09:59 +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>> Le Lun 27 juin 2011 15:12, Miloslav Trmač a écrit :
>>> Placing trust in the manufacturer of the hardware puts the user in no
>>> worse position than they were before.
>> I don't call placing absolute vetting power in bios writer hands "no
>> position". I don't thing anyone can point to a "good" bios on
> I appreciate the disdain - no, really, trust me, I do - but you should
> realize that SMM means you already may have no control over the machine.
Well, the fact that BIOSes aren't open source means that anyway. As far
as we the users are concerned, the BIOS is black box code which runs
with the ultimate in administrative privileges.
That's not as true as it used to be:
Most system vendors that ship this still have a bizarre belief that some
drivers should remain proprietary, but other than that many are shipping
fairly pristine checkouts.