Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:10 UTC
Google "People are, unsurprisingly, upset that Microsoft have imposed UEFI Secure Boot on the x86 market. A situation in which one company gets to determine which software will boot on systems by default is obviously open to abuse. What's more surprising is that many of the people who are upset about this are completely fine with encouraging people to buy Chromebooks. Out of the box, Chromebooks are even more locked down than Windows 8 machines." Good point.
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RE[3]: Ironic Title
by pgeorgi on Wed 6th Feb 2013 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ironic Title"
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Closed standard? It's a publicly available document. You don't need to pay any license fees. You get the right to use all the embodied patents.

You don't get: Useful access to the test suite. Access to the development process without shelling out at least $2500/year (Contributor membership as can be seen on

That's worse than the Java Community Process, which often was subject to critic - at least participation is free there.

It's all guarded behind weird agreements, even the plain documents:

There's a complete implementation of the specification available under a free software license, including Secure Boot support.

Except for some standard relevant parts (eg. FAT) which aren't under a free software license. And some parts that are plain missing (eg. SMP init).

I'm not in favour of any platforms locked to a specific vendor, but nor am I in favour of platforms where one vendor gets special control over what I run. If they're able to lock down my system, I want to be able to lock down my system.

You're able to unlock the system, then lock it down the way you want it. "Bring your own lock" is slightly more annoying than "Bring your own key" for distributors. For users it doesn't make much of a difference. In fact, I'd prefer to be reasonably sure that the old tenant is shut out completely, but I concede that I'm no average user when it comes to firmware.

Edited 2013-02-06 07:32 UTC

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