Stand Up For Your Freedom To Install Free Software

The title of this post is actually the call to action from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in helping people stand up against "Restricted Boot" from Microsoft. The "Secure Boot" idea itself is good, it helps prevents bad software such as malware, virus, trojan from infecting the Operating System (OS) by directly injecting itself into the OS. However, Microsoft it seems have twisted this idea into "Restricted Boot", where installing other OS outside Microsoft owned OS is not possible. This is not a good idea. Because of this, I have signed up for the petition against "Restricted Boot" and you should too. Head over to the FSF webpage to voice your support.

To help understand the difference between "Secure Boot" and "Restricted Boot", the FSF webpage describes it well, which I quote below:

"Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.

When done correctly, "Secure Boot" is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs when booting. In practice, this means that computers implementing it won't boot unauthorized operating systems — including initially authorized systems that have been modified without being re-approved.

This could be a feature deserving of the name, as long as the user is able to authorize the programs she wants to use, so she can run free software written and modified by herself or people she trusts. However, we are concerned that Microsoft and hardware manufacturers will implement these boot restrictions in a way that will prevent users from booting anything other than Windows. In this case, we are better off calling the technology Restricted Boot, since such a requirement would be a disastrous restriction on computer users and not a security feature at all."

The idea of a monopolistic world has been covered in various movies, such as Blade Runner, The Matrix, Waterworld. There is nothing good there, only tyranny and dictatorship. So, if you care about your world, as much as I do, join the petition!

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