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Microsoft isn't the enemy when it comes to blocking Linux on Windows 8 PCs

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This call to action seems to have created a rift here on ZDNet. In the ‘Open Source’ corner is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who calls UEFI a ‘cage’ and urges everyone to sign the FSF’s petition so that ‘your PC remains in your hands and not Microsoft’s’. In the ‘Windows’ corner is Ed Bott, who wonders who ’Linux fanatics’ want to make ‘Windows 8 less secure’. Can’t we all just get along?

See, the problem here is that in order to see the real issue, you have to look beyond party lines. If you see this issue as a ‘Windows vs. Linux’ or ‘Windows vs. Open Source’ issue, then you FAIL, and you FAIL hard. Why? Because the ‘enemy’ (and I use that word loosely) here isn’t Microsoft or Linux or even ’secure boot’ - it’s the PC OEMs who will be responsible for building the Windows 8 PCs.

It is true that Microsoft is making ’secure boot’ a mandatory part of the Windows 8 logo certification program, which means that if any OEM wants to slap that Windows 8 logo on the PCs they’re shoveling out of the door, those systems are going to have ’secure boot’ enabled.

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