Stand up for Linux. Stop Microsoft from attempting to kill ubuntu and other Linux Distros.

ruscook ruscook_oz at
Sat Sep 24 02:16:11 UTC 2011

While I agree at face value this is way over the top.

Isn't one solution as simple as OEMs putting a motherboard jumper switch 
their PC that enables disabling the requirement for a signed OS/bootloader?

That may not prevent the issue occurring in dual boot scenarios, but it 
would still give us control over the h/w we buy to put our own OS on the 

Or am I missing something else?

On 09/23/2011 07:36 PM, Boden Matthews wrote:
> Wow, this is just disgusting on Micro$oft's part. I regularly use 
> Windows and Ubuntu in a dual-boot, and Micro$oft wants to take this 
> right away from me? Oh well, at least we'll always have self-built 
> PCs. I have submitted a complaint to the ACCC though.
> Regards,
> Boden Matthews,
> <>
> On 23 September 2011 19:15, Luke Martinez <me at 
> <mailto:me at>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     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.[1] 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.
>     1. Click this link: here
>     <>
>     2. Fill out your concerns. (Find an attached letter for reference)
>     3. Submit with Personal Information.
>     4. Tell your friends to do the same
>     5. (optional) Forward this to your favourite Linux Mailing List
>     Regards,
>     Luke Martinez
>     me at <mailto:me at>
>     Here is some more info for those who don't know:
>     (slide 11) [1]
> [2]
>     [3]
>     Here is the reference letter:
>     To ACCC
>     I have recently learnt 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
>     Micrsoft 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 behaviour by forcing the
>     lockout of all competitors. (See:
>     ) 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.
>     Regards,
>     ______ ________
>     you at <mailto:you at>
>     --
>     ubuntu-au mailing list
>     ubuntu-au at <mailto:ubuntu-au at>
> This body part will be downloaded on demand.

Kind Regards Russell
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