It as part of the Windows 8 OEM scheme Microsoft requires the OEM's to lock down the computer to only run Windows 8 or other "authorized" OS'es via a signature system for "security" reasons.
Put simply, Microsoft as part of their OEM system require all new computers shipping with Windows 8 to use secure signing keys to prevent "unauthorized software" from running on the computer. This will prevent all free software operating systems from running on the computers that come with OEM by default.
So, we need YOU to stand up for Linux in Australia (and other countries)!
Simply follow these easy steps:
- Click this link: here
- Fill out your concerns (find a reference letter below that you are free to copy / use).
- Submit with Personal Information (this is a real complaint, and the ACCC requires this information to possibly verify it is legitimate).
- Tell your friends to do the same.
- (optional) Forward this to your favorite Linux Mailing List.
- (optional) Phone the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
Here is the reference letter:
I have recently learned that any new computer or laptop that ships with the upcoming Windows 8 Operating System will not be able to run any other Operating System. Microsoft's new UEFI Secure Boot system prevents 'unauthorized software' from running on any new computer sold with Windows 8. Making a system that ships with only Microsoft Windows not being able to boot a copy of Linux or any other operating system. I wish to use Linux on future computers, and this will not allow me to use Linux at all. Microsoft is engaging in seriously anti-competitive behavior by forcing the lockout of all competitors - see: http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/open-sauce/49889-will-windows-8-succeed-in-locking-out-gnulinux
Not only will Microsoft kick out Linux off the computers, they will prevent 'upgrading' of windows versions: creating forced obsolescence. I am disgusted, is Microsoft legally allowed to do this? Microsoft has been slowly becoming more anti-competitive: computing used to be about choice, having the ability to choose the Operating System. Now Microsoft want to have complete control.
[insert your name here]
Do something (now) about protecting your freedoms! And if you want to read more, try the originating opinion in itwire.