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Stand up for your freedom to install free software!


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#1 buddy215

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:07 PM

Read more about the petition in the links below. Okay, I signed the petition/ statement. Used a fictional name and a throwaway
email address, of course. ( a little paranoia is good :) )
Stand up for your freedom to install free software Free Software Foundation working together for free software Read the truth behind so-called "Secure Boot" and sign the statement.

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.

Please add your name to the following statement, to show computer manufacturers, governments, and Microsoft that you care about this freedom and will work to protect it.........


Windows 8 Secure Boot Fears Continue - Windows - Microsoft news - Informationweek





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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:56 PM

Better still why not encourage people to stop using Microsoft products altogether.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 06:04 PM

I posted this link on my Facebook. Good find Buddy!

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:14 AM

Software Group Seeks Freedom To Install

By Thomas Claburn
Read the Original Article at InformationWeek

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), a group that supports open source software, has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to ensure that users of personal computing devices have the right to install any lawful software they choose on their devices......................

............. computers with a new version of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)--which includes a "secure boot" feature that can prevent an unauthorized operating system from being installed on the device--are likely to become commonplace next year. The SFLC sees this as a threat to open source software. "In theory, these controls will merely make it difficult, but not impossible, for a user to install their choice of operating system," the complaint states. "In practice, however, there is a very real danger that the controls will impose an OS lock on many personal computers."

Thus, the SFLC, along with the EFF, seeks to extend the 2009 exemption to cover not just mobile phones but computers, tablets, and game consoles.............................


“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”




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