Microsoft has asked Lenovo to make it harder to boot Linux on their computers.

obviously I know some really cool people who work at Microsoft but it's very funny to me that people have been harping on us FOSS types for not instantly forgiving them for 20 years of malice, and now we've got this. [1]

when Microsoft is asking manufacturers to prevent people from booting other OSes and not communicating as to why, they are positioning themselves as the enemy. it's that simple. if they want to be trusted by Linux users, they need to earn that trust.

we're about 2y away, by my estimation, from living in a bizarro world where x86 PCs are less open to free desktops than ARM Macs.


@tindall wait, do they actually want lenovo to make laptops where you can't enter setup mode and add your own keys in?

@devurandom @tindall I mean you already can't, right? Linux boots using a shim signed by Microsoft

@tindall @alexandria @devurandom To elaborate, they've disabled the key for that shim by default now. There's a switch in the UEFI settings to enable the shim's key, but it's off by default so you have to know it exists.

@vwbusguy @be @tindall @alexandria @devurandom

This is exactly the point!

All those who are calling criticism of alarming vendor-lock-in "alarmist" are missing it ... entirely.

Freedom is not when they let you have the choice. Freedom is when they can't deny you the choice.

@vwbusguy @be @tindall @alexandria @devurandom

To rebut some of the talking points that inevitably crop up:

"it concerns only a tiny fraction of devices" (so what? This is part of a long-term strategy to consolidate control),

"it's good for security" (nope, single points of trust or failure never are),

"majority don't need or want alternate OSes" (or maybe they just don't know they maybe would, and now never will???)

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