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howardfine

join:2002-08-09
Saint Louis, MO
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·AT&T Southwest

Secure Boot Contest

Enter the Restricted Boot Webcomic Contest: Defend user freedom on tablets and smartphones
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Get creative and have fun while helping us raise awareness and put pressure on Microsoft and computer makers — enter the Restricted Boot Webcomic Contest!
In December, Microsoft apparently conceded to public pressure by quietly updating the Windows 8 logo certification requirements with a mandate that a desktop computer user must be able to control (and disable) the Secure Boot feature on any Windows 8 computer that is not based on ARM technology. This looks like a victory for free software users, as it will allow a person to install GNU/Linux or other free software operating system in place of Windows 8.

But, this is no time for celebration, because Microsoft has also added a treacherous mandate for makers of ARM-based computers — such as a tablets, netbooks, and smartphones — requiring them to build their machines with Restricted Boot technology. Such computers are designed to lock a user into only being able to run Windows 8, absolutely preventing her from being able to install a free software operating system on her computer. Since smartphones and tablets are some of the most commonly used computers, it's vital that we get straightforward and clear information about this threat out to the public.