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.

1: mjg59.dreamwidth.org/60248.htm

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@tindall there's layers and layers to mandatory secure boot. It makes it harder for platforms even smaller than Linux to survive, it makes it harder to experiment with new ideas with OS development as a hobby, it encourages further e-waste by running the software obsolescence treadmill even faster, it locks people in to specific bootloader ecosystems which can be exploited by hostile parties. And so on.

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