Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2012 16:37 UTC
Linux It's sad that we need this, but alas - Matthew Garret has made a list of Linux distributions that boot on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot enabled. Tellingly enough, the list is short. Very short. Can someone hack this nonsense into oblivion please?
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RE[3]: Comment by kurkosdr
by WereCatf on Sat 29th Dec 2012 23:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kurkosdr"
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Not including something because it's illegal under the US and UK laws. See, most Linux distro maintainers are from the US or the UK

Wait, what? You're saying they should just ignore the laws of the countries they live in and possible face severe consequences just to please you?

Seriously, if some country like China bans cryptography (has happened before in more 'democratic' countries), what are the distro maintainers going to do? Remove all cryptography code from Linux, just so they don't get arrested if they ever visit China?

Maybe. Or maybe they'd stop maintaining the distro. Or maybe something else. Whatever they chose as their course of action, however, is none of your business. If they face legal consequences then you have absolutely no right whatsoever to complain if they choose to protect themselves.

Why is the US is more important than, say, China?

Because, obviously, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora are all aimed at the western civilizations. There are separate distros for the Chinese and for them China is more important.

There is no reason why there shouldn't be an "international" version of Ubuntu with full codecs and libdvdcss. Same for secure boot in most distros. It's all about "awareness".

No. One is about legality, the other is about ideology. You're comparing apples and oranges.

BTW, the US authorities haven't issued an arrest warrant for the Mint guys yet...

Are they based in the US? If not then that's a wholly irrelevant comment.

The Mint guys have no problem shipping it.

Indeed. Neither have VLC, for example. You know why? Because they originate from France.

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