[sf-lug] FSF campaign to stop Restricted Boot

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 01:07:23 PST 2012

related to our discussion of motherboards suitable for linux and Secure 
Boot, what do you know or think about this:

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Dear ...,

Our campaign to stop Restricted Boot hit a big milestone this month. 
We've surpassed 40,000 signers on our pledge 
. That's more than 40,000 people -- including you -- and 50 
organizations who have committed not to purchase or recommend computers 
that strip users of their freedom to install the free operating system 
of their choice.

That freedom came under increasing assault this year, as Microsoft 
released a slew of new devices designed to run Windows 8 and only 
Windows 8. In the new year, we will release new information about 
Restricted Boot and amplify your voices of protest. To do that, we need 
your continued support. Can you donate $50 
to help us raise the profile of our campaign against Restricted Boot in 

In January, we'll release an updated white paper with new information 
about how Secure Boot is being implemented. We aim to take the pledge to 
the next level as well, building support and awareness until our numbers 
are 50,000 and counting. We'll also make it easier for people to make 
informed decisions when purchasing new computers by creating new 
resources similar to our 2012 Giving Guide 
<http://www.fsf.org/givingguide> . We'll make these resources available 
online, of course, but we'll also take them out into the streets.

To take the Secure Boot campaign to the next level, we need your 
continued support. Please renew your membership 
  to the Free Software Foundation today, or consider making a one-time 
donation of $50 
to keep us going in 2013.

Secure Boot raises many issues for protecting user freedom, promoting 
free software ideals, and encouraging free software adoption. We make 
every dollar you give part of our comprehensive approach to the 
advancement of free software. The Free Software Foundation is the only 
organization that combines support for free software development, 
worldwide education and outreach efforts, software licensing and 
compliance, and advocacy in a holistic strategy to stop Restricted Boot. 
Here's what your support will help us accomplish in 2013:

·         We will continue to build public support around our 
statement. When further actions need to be taken to stand up for this 
freedom as Secure Boot and Restricted Boot are rolled out, we will call 
upon this base of support.

·         We will fight Microsoft's attempt at enforcing Restricted 
Boot on ARM devices like smartphones and tablets. Like any other 
computer, users must be able to install free software operating systems 
on these devices. We will monitor Microsoft's behavior to make sure they 
do not deceive the public again by expanding these restrictions to other 
kinds of systems.

·         We will work with (and when necessary, pressure) 
manufacturers and distributors to make sure that users can change all of 
the software running on their machine, including the boot firmware itself.

·         We will continue to work with companies like Lemote, Freedom 
Included, ZaReason, ThinkPenguin, Los Alamos Computers, Garlach44, and 
InaTux to make computers available that are preinstalled with fully free 
GNU/Linux distributions.

·         We will help provide information about which computers and 
components are most compatible with free software, including making 
people aware of which machines have Restricted Boot.

Microsoft and the other companies driving restricted boot must be 
challenged. The only way to counter their billions of dollars in 
influence is with the power of your voices and your generosity. We need 
to raise $350,000 by January 31st to help us amplify your voices in 
2013. Please, donate today 
  to help us turn up the volume.


The Free Software Foundation team

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