[ubuntu-uk] Heads up: Fedora pays Microsoft

Chris Fox chris at robotninja.net
Fri Jun 1 11:40:34 UTC 2012

Unlikely, considering that (as I understand it) the option to disable UEFI
and/or load other keys is listed as a requirement in the specification (for
x86 at least).

For ARM, this functionality won't be included on devices shipping with
win8. So yeah it'll need to be hacked in order to install another OS.
Whether it'd fall under the scope of DRM circumvention would need a lawyer
in your jurisdiction but the intention of UEFI is only to prevent unsigned
code reaching the hardware, not copyright protection.

From: Bill Cumming
Sent: 01/06/2012 12:15
To: UK Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Heads up: Fedora pays Microsoft

I think that was one of the reasons for Fedora's deal with Microsoft.
Getting a user to manually change the BIOS to remove this "protection" may
be seen as a type of DRM Circumvention which can be illegal in some

Or would this not come under those laws?

On 1 June 2012 11:54, Bea Groves <beagroves at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> I've sent an email on the matter to my colleagues at the Institute for
> Learning as a heads-up to an issue that may well impact on the curriculum
> offered in FE colleges as time goes on. It's worth spreading the word on
> this to all parties that might be affected by it; the more we're aware the
> more we can protest.
> On 01/06/12 11:28, paul sutton wrote:
>> On 01/06/12 07:48, alan c wrote:
>>>  From the Bad News department:
>>> Lockdown: free/open OS maker pays Microsoft ransom for the right to
>>> boot on users' computers
>>> By Cory Doctorow May 31
>>> http://boingboing.net/2012/05/**31/lockdown-freeopen-os-maker-**p.html<http://boingboing.net/2012/05/31/lockdown-freeopen-os-maker-p.html>
>>>  Ok forwarded the link to my local MP and while the issues are technical
>> i have tried to argue or at least say that we should have fairness and
>> if we want to run other systems we should be able to.
>> Also made a point in saying thast many universities / industries use
>> Linux for their work,  as well as Linux being used for film CGI,
>> Not sure if this helps but I really don't know what else i can do,   A
>> lot of users probably won't even notice,  until it's too late.
>> Paul
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