[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.

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