Worried About Win 8 Secure Boot? So Is the Free Software Foundation

The secure boot mechanism planned for Microsoft’s Windows 8 has already provoked considerable outcry from Linux users worried that the technology will make it impossible to install their favorite free and open source operating system on Windows 8 certified PCs.

Now, none other than the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has added its voice to the protests, warning that, “if done wrong, this system would have to be called Restricted Boot, because it could make computers incapable of running anything but Windows.”

public statement is now available on the foundation’s website, urging all computer makers implementing the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) protocol’s secure boot mechanism to do so in a way that allows free software and operating systems to be installed.

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