[Mageia-discuss] Stand up for your freedom to install free software - perhaps OT

Kristoffer Grundström kristoffer.grundstrom1983 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 01:28:47 CEST 2012

2012-06-03 10:44, AL13N skrev:
> Op zondag 3 juni 2012 16:13:01 schreef Doug Laidlaw:
>> On Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:03:46 +1200
>> John<john at neodoc.biz>  wrote:
>>> I'm not sure if others have seen this:
>>> <http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement>
>>> John
>> The statement says that all new computers must have the Windows-only
>> lock.  What about upgrades?  If I buy a computer from a Linux dealer
>> and retrofit Windows 8, where do I stand?
>> I am staying with XP. The dealers still prefer XP over Win7, when
>> they have a choice.  When I can no longer use that, Windows goes out the
>> window.
>> Doug,
>> Registered Linux user.
> it means that if vendors will want to have the Win8 Certified Sticker, they
> will need to provided UEFI Secure Boot with only the windows key.
> that means you can't simply buy a machine and put linux under it, without
> thinking.
> Either, you will need to disable Secure Boot (maybe a jumper on mobo or in
> BIOS) or somehow add extra keys you need to build yourself for your own kernel
> and bootloader.
> originally, Microsoft had required that this key be hardwired, so that it was
> impossible to disable it or add any key.
> now it's still true for ARM devices, but not anymore for desktops. (after
> quite some upheaval Microsoft let it go for desktops)
> Fedora made a statement that it'll buy subscription from the windows key in
> their installer.
> it's a PITA, but also quite sad.
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