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Debian's development team postpones the design of its Secure Boot feature

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May 1, 2017

We learned today that Debian's development team has postponed the iterated design of its Secure Boot feature on the operating system.

In a release update from April 25, design team member Jonathan Wiltshire wrote that at a recent team meeting, we decided that support for Secure Boot in the forthcoming Debian 9 'stretch' would no longer be a blocker to the release.

The likely, although not certain outcome is that 'stretch' will not have Secure Boot support, not anytime soon anyway.

“We fully understand that this might be a disappointment to many users and developers,” he continued, “but we need to balance that with the limited time available for the volunteer teams working on this function, and the risk of potential bugs being introduced through an accelerated development cycle.”

However, the decision not to offer the Secure Boot implementation at release time leaves Debian behind Red Hat and Suse, making it the only one of Linux's three main branches not to support the heir-to-BIOS and the many security enhancements it offers.

Wiltshire writes that “it's still possible that the Secure Boot support could be introduced at some point in stretch's lifetime, however.”

But as some in the Debian community might know already, that lifetime could be a few years. Debian's previous version, Jessie, appeared in April 2015 and has been updated seven times since.

And there's no word on when 'stretch' will commence either, but Wiltshire says there are just 143 RC bugs remaining (!) and that “we are beginning to consider the arrangements for releasing stretch.”

Which sounds a bit like there's not a long time to wait before stretch's various new bits are yours for the running.

Source: The Debian Development Team.


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