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____/ Homer on Wednesday 19 Oct 2011 03:00 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that Marti Van Lin spake thusly:
> There's also this:
> 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.
> And the following might make it difficult for OEMs to omit a secure
> boot toggle switch in the UEFI BIOS, in France at least:
> 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."
> 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.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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