[PC-BSD Testing] Some potentially troubling news for future PCs from OEMs

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Thu Oct 20 07:45:57 PDT 2011


On 09/27/2011 12:58 PM, LinuxBSDos.com wrote:
>> On 09/27/2011 11:24 AM, Ian McNulty wrote:
>>      
>>> That is pretty scary. Is there any way that we can highlight the issue
>>> and bring some pressure to bear?
>>>
>>> Ian
>>>
>>> On 27/09/11 14:54, Arthur Koziol wrote:
>>>        
>>>> Did you all catch the big hullabaloo about the future of UEFI and the
>>>> whole Secure Boot initiative? If this pans out, it will render many
>>>> *nixes uninstallable on Secure Boot configged machines? I don't want
>>>> to go shouting conspiracy theory or anything but it would sure be a
>>>> great way to kill Linux / *BSD on any future new hardware.
>>>>
>>>> Have a read here:
>>>> http://www.osnews.com/story/25180/Windows_8_Requires_Secure_Boot_May_Hinder_Other_Software
>>>> Arthur
>>>>
>>>>          
>> I would think that writing to the OEMs and some trade groups, maybe
>> whomever defined UEFI and tell them the negative implications of this
>> for the *nix crowd? If I see any petitions I will pass the info along.
>> I'm not sure with whom I would begin to petition anyhow. Surely they
>> realize the impact of this on the *nix crowd and have some kind of
>> alternative in mind. If not, we'd be hosed.
>>
>> Arthur
>>      
> This thing will not fly in the EU, and I do not think that China and
> Russia, two countries that have mandated the use the of Linux in some
> segments of their society, will let it happen.
>
> But here in the US of A, where MS enjoys special status with the govt, our
> pols will not do anything. The Golden Rule prevails.
>
> Even more tragic is nobody in our camp has any influence with the OEMs.
>    

This petition may help: 
http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement

Arthur

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