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In the Windows 8 vs. Linux Debate, a Windows Pundit Makes a Great Point

Oct 20, 2011, 17:01 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

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"Recently, in response to the brouhaha over its reported effort to implement a specification called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that could make it impossible to run Linux on Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft officials responded with an extensive post that explains exactly what kinds of flexibility UEFI (Secure Boot) will offer. However, members of the Linux community in Australia have formally opposed UEFI, and many critics of Microsoft's defense of it argue that Microsoft is simply going to hand off the right to exclude Linux from Windows 8 PCs to hardware manufacturers, some of whom may choose to do so. Now the debate is getting a second wind, and a writer in the Windows corner has one of the best points yet.

"Noted Windows pundit Ed Bott has weighed in on UEFI with a post titled 'Why Do Linux Fanatics Want to Make Windows 8 Less Secure?' where he writes:

"'The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is organizing a petition-signing campaign over Microsoft's announced support for the secure boot feature in next-generation PCs that use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) as a replacement for the conventional PC BIOS. My ZDNet colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is urging his readers to sign the petition with a bit of deliberately inflammatory language, calling it 'UEFI caging.' ... Don't fall for this FUD.'"

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