The FSF urges people to say no to Microsoft’s Secure Boot

Posted: October 23, 2011 in Open Source News

As we know , Microsoft wants hardware vendors  to implement a technology called Secure boot dubbed Restricted Boot by the FSF, if they want them to be Windows 8 certified (the logo). This technology will prevents  users from installing any Linux based distros on that system or any other operating system for that matter which means Microsoft is declaring open war with Linux and has full control on  what OS you should use in your PC.

Here is the actual statement issued by the Free Software Foundation regarding Restricted Boot –

The free software movement has come a long way over the past 25+ years. While we still face many challenges ahead for us to create a world in which it is normal and expected for computer users to have freedom, we have made steady progress. Right now, however, there is a potential threat that could put us back years. Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called “Secure Boot.”

When done correctly, “Secure Boot” is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs when booting. In practice, this means that computers implementing it won’t boot unauthorized or modified operating systems. This could be a feature deserving of the name, as long as the user is able to authorize the programs she wants to use, so she can run free software written and modified by herself or people she trusts.

However, we are concerned that Microsoft and hardware manufacturers will implement these boot restrictions in a way that will prevent users from booting anything other than unmodified Windows. In this case, a better name for the technology would be Restricted Boot, since such a requirement would be a severe restriction on computer users and not a security feature at all.

We’re looking at a world in which it could become impossible for the average user to install GNU/Linux on any new computer, so too much is at stake for us to wait and see if computer manufacturers will do the right thing. “Secure Boot” could all too easily become a euphemism for restriction and control by computer makers and Microsoft — freedom and security necessitate users being in charge of their own computers.

So please, join us in signing this statement against Restricted Boot, and consider encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.

If you are part of an organization or company that would like to prominently show their support, please contact us at

For your convenience, here is a list of additional articles and
resources related to this statement:

Public statement:

Press release:

Detailed explanation of the issue:



  1. Will says:

    I am getting telling everyone I know, and will do all I can to fight against Secure booting

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