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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.............................
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