[sf-lug] FSF campaign to stop Restricted Boot

Johannes Zellner webmaster at nebulon.de
Sat Dec 29 09:36:51 PST 2012

Maybe related to this and for osnews reader not new, but a sad list of 
distros supporting secure boot: http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/20522.html
This is going to be a mess for the low human resource distros.


On 2012-12-29 01:07, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> related to our discussion of motherboards suitable for linux and
> Secure Boot, what do you know or think about this:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Read this online at
> http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/2012-appeal
> Dear ...,
> Our campaign to stop Restricted Boot hit a big milestone this month.
> We've surpassed 40,000 signers on our pledge
> <http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot/statement/>
> . 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
> <https://my.fsf.org/donate?pk_campaign=2012-Appeal&pk_kwd=secureboot>
> to help us raise the profile of our campaign against Restricted Boot
> in 2013?
> 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
> <https://my.fsf.org/associate/support_freedom?pk_campaign=2012-Appeal&pk_kwd=secureboot>
>  to the Free Software Foundation today, or consider making a one-time
> donation of $50
> <https://my.fsf.org/donate?pk_campaign=2012-Appeal&pk_kwd=secureboot>
> 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
> <https://my.fsf.org/associate/support_freedom?pk_campaign=2012-Appeal&pk_kwd=secureboot>
>  to help us turn up the volume.
> Sincerely,
> The Free Software Foundation team
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