*countable infinities only

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Sat Jun 2 00:03:02 UTC 2012

drago01 wrote:
>> "The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does
>> your computing as you wish (freedom 1)."
> Secure boot support won't stop you (or anyone else) from doing that.
>> "The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others
>> (freedom 3)."
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html
> Neither that.


>>>> It's as easy as setting an option in the firmware ("BIOS") setup, so I
>>>> don't see why we can't just require it from everyone.
>>> It is easy for you, for me, for pretty much everyone on this mailing
>>> list but there are different types of users out there.
>>> And you effectively want to limit those users to a proprietary OS
>>> (they cannot even try our live images anymore).
>> Just include instructions on how to disable "Secure" Boot on the common
>> firmware types (on the website, and on the cover of the DVDs we hand out
>> at events).
> Which is still unacceptable from a usability POV and people tend to
> not read docs.
> They will return it to you "this crap does not work".


If you really think the steps required to disable "Secure" Boot are 
unacceptable from a usability point of view, how does that misfeature NOT 
threaten freedoms 1 and 3?

        Kevin Kofler

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