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Free Software Foundation urges OEMs to say no to mandatory Windows 8 UEFI cage

Oct 19, 2011, 16:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to sjvn for this link. ]

"If you buy Microsoft's explanation for the company requiring a version of UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) on PCs that can run Windows 8, it's there to protect users from next-generation malware. If you think that's the only reason for the UEFI to be in there, I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. The UEFI requirement is also there to block Linux and other alternative operating systems from booting on Windows 8 PCs. In response to this open-source operating system threat, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has started a petition to urge original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s to give people a way to easily opt out of Microsoft's Windows 8 UEFI cage."

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