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#1 2011-10-18 04:33:12

pablokal
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Support petition Free Soft Foundation against Secure Boot restrictions

source: http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boo … /statement

Stand up for your freedom to install free software

The following is a public statement, open for signing. For more background, please read our more detailed explanation of the issue at http://fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot.

Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.

When done correctly, "Secure Boot" is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs when booting. In practice, this means that computers implementing it won't boot unauthorized operating systems -- including initially authorized systems that have been modified without being re-approved.

This could be a feature deserving of the name, as long as the user is able to authorize the programs she wants to use, so she can run free software written and modified by herself or people she trusts. However, we are concerned that Microsoft and hardware manufacturers will implement these boot restrictions in a way that will prevent users from booting anything other than Windows. In this case, we are better off calling the technology Restricted Boot, since such a requirement would be a disastrous restriction on computer users and not a security feature at all.


   

We, the undersigned, urge all computer makers implementing UEFI's so-called "Secure Boot" to do it in a way that allows free software operating systems to be installed. To respect user freedom and truly protect user security, manufacturers must either allow computer owners to disable the boot restrictions, or provide a sure-fire way for them to install and run a free software operating system of their choice. We commit that we will neither purchase nor recommend computers that strip users of this critical freedom, and we will actively urge people in our communities to avoid such jailed systems.

I recommend this article: http://blog.ofset.org/ckhung/index.php?post/11aa
for understanding the (historical) context of this development.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnXU7z2_6Jg


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#2 2011-10-19 04:42:14

scjet
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Registered: 2010-12-01
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Re: Support petition Free Soft Foundation against Secure Boot restrictions

...thanks for finding this:

signed, sealed, and delivered + I sent/forwarded this appeal to all my friends on my mailing lists. smile

SO, Comon' Archers' !!! let's roar this out there.

Last edited by scjet (2011-10-19 04:43:34)

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#3 2011-10-19 04:47:18

axel668
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Registered: 2010-10-07
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Re: Support petition Free Soft Foundation against Secure Boot restrictions

thanks for sharing ! signed and shared on my Twitter account

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#4 2011-10-19 06:26:30

pablokal
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Re: Support petition Free Soft Foundation against Secure Boot restrictions

Thanks for spreading the word!!


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#5 2012-05-14 15:53:03

lrcaballero
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Re: Support petition Free Soft Foundation against Secure Boot restrictions

signed and shared!

Thanks for sharing Pablokal!

Cheers,

lrcaballero


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