[clue] Forward - Restricted Boot Message

dennisjperkins at comcast.net dennisjperkins at comcast.net
Thu Mar 1 08:14:16 MST 2012

Whose machine is it? Mine? Or Microsoft's? 

----- Original Message -----
From: "M Paul Webb" <hsechmvt at yahoo.com> 
To: Clue at cluedenver.org 
Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:59:09 AM 
Subject: [clue] Forward - Restricted Boot Message 

I'm forwarding this message I received today as an update on the Windows 8 Secure Boot situation. I was wondering what you all thought about the status of things now on this issue. 

----- Forwarded Message ----- 
From: Free Software Foundation <info at fsf.org> 
To: Paul Webb <hsechmvt at yahoo.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:26 PM 
Subject: [FSF] Enter the Restricted Boot Webcomic Contest: Defend user freedom on tablets and smartphones 

In December, Microsoft apparently conceded to public pressure by quietly updating the Windows 8 logo certification requirements with a mandate that a desktop computer user must be able to control (and disable) the Secure Boot feature on any Windows 8 computer that is not based on ARM technology. This looks like a victory for free software users, as it will allow a person to install GNU/Linux or other free software operating system in place of Windows 8. 
But, this is no time for celebration, because Microsoft has also added a treacherous mandate for makers of ARM-based computers — such as a tablets, netbooks, and smartphones — requiring them to build their machines with Restricted Boot technology. Such computers are designed to lock a user into only being able to run Windows 8, absolutely preventing her from being able to install a free software operating system on her computer. Since smartphones and tablets are some of the most commonly used computers, it's vital that we get straightforward and clear information about this threat out to the public. 
Already know what this is about? Then take action now: 

Raise awareness and have fun while putting pressure on Microsoft and computer makers by entering the Restricted Boot Webcomic Contest . 
        • Winning submissions will be featured on the front page of fsf.org for a month. 
        • Entries must be submitted by March 17th by emailing campaigns at fsf.org . 
Sign the statement "Stand up for your freedom to install free software." 
        • For individuals 
        • For organizations and corporations 

If this is the first you're hearing about this whole Restricted Boot vs. Secure Boot business, read the full story . 
You can support this campaign and the rest of the FSF's work by joining as a member or making a donation today . 

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