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[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Icaria on Thu 20th Oct 2011 05:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
Icaria
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2010-06-19

There's no proof of this.
There's no proof that consumers are ignorant of the technical details of the pre-built systems they buy? Are you really that stupid, or are you just being glib for the sake of argument?

Again, no proof.
Ugh, here you go again. In what alternate dimension do retailers know what the hell they're talking about and in which intimate details of the UEFI/BIOS implementation are made readily available? Even when you build your own systems, you invariably end up scouring obscure forums for compatibility details not make available through any official channels.

All this freaking out is based on peoples imagination of what _might_ happen, but based on nothing in reality. There's no reason to believe users won't be able to continue to install over their preinstalled OS.

There isn't a single piece of evidence that says that's the case.
Aside from, you know, all the technical details that have been released. It's even been covered in this thread:
http://www.osnews.com/thread?493410
Nothing like putting your fingers in your ears, wilfully ignoring the evidence and accusing others of 'not being based in reality'.

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