Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:03 UTC, submitted by Dirge
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation released a statement open for public signing, titled 'Stand up for your freedom to install free software'. The statement is a response to Microsoft's announcement that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they must implement a system called 'Secure Boot'. The FSF statement warns against the danger that, if done wrong, this system would have to be called Restricted Boot, because it could make computers incapable of running anything but Windows." Signed.
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RE: Security isn't a dirty word
by Lennie on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:25 UTC in reply to "Security isn't a dirty word"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

What is wrong with porting Linux open source graphics drivers to Windows ? AMD/ATI recently started to do so:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_linux_wec7

It might be enabled by default, but the real problem is that some OEM might not even add an option to their BIOS.

That means you can't even install, for example, Windows 7 if you would wanted to do so.

This isn't just about Linux or BSD, but about choice.

To prevent the PC becoming a smartphone or game-console which first has to be rooted before you can install an other operating system.

Edited 2011-10-18 22:29 UTC

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f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

It might be enabled by default, but the real problem is that some OEM might not even add an option to their BIOS.
To their UEFI, you mean :-)

If that happens, that's a real problem, and then you've got a piece of hardware that's as handicapped as Apple's commodity hardware. And I do agree that there's a lot of reason for concern, which is why I welcome the FSF campaign.

But to be taken seriously, people should try to avoid the "zomgMSareevilthisWILLhappen" doomsday theories.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

By demanding that OEMs implement this for Windows 8 obviously Microsoft is increasing the risk for everyone.

And no-one will deny that Microsoft wouldn't mind if OEMs mess up and thus not allow people to install an alternative operating system.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhh...dude? Didn't read your own link? They ported it to Windows embedded which has about as much to do with the Windows everyone uses as an X360. WinCE is frankly a dead OS anyway as most OEMs are looking at either WinPhone or Win 8 if they want Windows but for some reason don't want to use...well Windows.

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