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[2]: Security isn't a dirty word
by f0dder on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Security isn't a dirty word"
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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f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

By demanding that OEMs implement this for Windows 8 obviously Microsoft is increasing the risk for everyone.
Hence why the FSF campaign is good.

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.
True - except that there'd probably be enough outcry (and perhaps boycotts) to harm them - it's not a 100% clear-cut win ;)

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