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

[ 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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