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Re: FSF Campagin: Stand up for your freedom to install free software

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____/ Homer on Wednesday 19 Oct 2011 03:00 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Marti Van Lin spake thusly:
>> https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement
> There's also this:
> [quote]
> Linux Australia members who complained to the Australian Competition and
> Consumer Commission (ACCC) about Microsoft's plans to mandate the
> enabling of a secure booting feature on Windows 8 machines have been
> told by the competition regulator that they may in fact have a case.
> [/quote]
> http://www.zdnet.com.au/linux-aus-may-have-a-case-on-win-8-accc-339323233.htm
> And the following might make it difficult for OEMs to omit a secure
> boot toggle switch in the UEFI BIOS, in France at least:
> [quote]
> Amendments to France's draft law on 'reinforcing consumers' rights,
> protection and information' have been proposed with the purpose of
> putting an end to bundled hardware/software sales, the French advocacy
> organisation for free software and open standards APRIL announced on 27
> September 2011.
> Bundled hardware/software sales, APRIL explained, consists of an
> anti-competitive commercial practice that prevents consumers from
> purchasing a computer without having to pay for pre-installed software.
> The public discussions on the draft law at the National Assembly (the
> lower house of Parliament) started on Wednesday 28 September 2011.
> Amendment 308 proposed by the Member of Parliament (MP) Lionel Tardy
> states: "the selling of a computer, its operating system and its
> application software have to be dissociated. A decree defines the
> implementation terms of the present article."
> [/quote]
> http://www.osor.eu/news/fr-national-assembly-discusses-amendments-on-decoupling-hardware-and-software-sales
> Omitting the ability to disable secure boot would therefore amount to a
> violation of this law, since it'd essentially "bundle" Windows by tying
> it to the hardware, unless the OEM released the signing keys, which would
> utterly defeat the whole point of secure boot in the first place.
> Quite a predicament.
> And even outside France, another MS antitrust probe is looming,
> specifically pertaining to secure boot vendor lock-in. I just hope it
> emerges /before/ the release of Tiles 8, to minimise the damage to
> consumers' rights.

Conspicuously missing is action from Microsoft's *home nation*. Maybe
it's time to Occupy Redmond.

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