scientific linux - good news, bad news

scientific linux - good news, bad news


It is really good news that free software is used in CERN for the Large Hadron Collider, however, when trying to access anything to do with https://www.scientificlinux.org/ using Firefox 3.0.1, all I see is:

Secure Connection Failed
www.scientificlinux.org uses an invalid security certificate.
The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is unknown.
(Error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer)

Which looks like a bad advertisement for the free software community!

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Submitted by FunkyRes on

FireFox 3 has a really bad policy when it comes to self signed certs.
Google for firefox 3 and self signed certs to find all kinds of blogs and rants.

Basically - FireFox lies and tells the user the certificate is invalid. It's not invalid, it's just not signed by a CA. FireFox then makes you go through hoops to actually accept the certificate permanently.

The problem is FireFox - not Scientific Linux.