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Restricted Boots–Sign the Petition Now (Sticky) 7

I’ve moved the bulk of this post over to a page. Read it for more information. Or just go sign the petition now.



  1. Sarah

    July 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    “For your own good”, yeah right Microsoft! ¬_¬

  2. George

    July 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I don’t see anything in the explanations that explain exactly how Microsoft’s Secure Boot guarantees malware won’t still execute without completely changing the OS. If you’re going to still have a basic underlying system which allows the execution of code pumped at you from the web … impossible.

  3. Frank

    July 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Heh. Malware indeed.

    It guarantees that Linux won’t execute, at least not without paying a ransom.

  4. George

    July 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Ah, so they’re not really as concerned about malware as they are about implementing a toll booth.

  5. Frank

    July 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    That’s the most cynical interpretation.    Red Hat and Canonical (Ubuntu) have already given in.

    More generous persons point out that BIOS is almost 40 years old and probably due for a replacement.  Crapple already uses EFI.

    Given Microsoft’s history of duplicity, deception, and general monopolistic underhandedness, though, it is not surprising that many question their motives.

  6. George

    July 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Ah, then it has zero to do with malware. Locking the bootstrap process doesn’t do anything for that. They just want to imitate Apple and beat other OEM OS’s over the head.

  7. Frank

    July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Supposedly it can prevent rootkits.  But I don’t think Sony has released any lately . . . .