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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Restricted Boot &c

From: Bryan Baldwin
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Restricted Boot &c
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 23:17:40 +1200
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On 08/05/2012 11:09 PM, Joel Kahn wrote:
> The ugly truth is, most people don't know or care about the whole
> issue of software/hardware freedom. If you have cable/satellite TV
> with any shopping channels on it, watch when they're selling
> computers. The pitch is clearly aimed at totally ignorant folks who
> will spend money on flash and glitz. This is what has kept
> Microsoft and Apple in business through their decades of
> manipulation.
> Realistically, I expect that we'll need some really high-profile
> events to force the issue--hardware and software hackers doing acts
> of freedom-oriented civil disobedience that get them thrown in
> jail...things along those general lines. Start planning early.
> In the meantime, we need to make the most of the usable computers
> that we have. My wife finally gave up on our increasingly slow
> 2006-vintage Windows XP Celeron box and recently purchased a new
> Windows 7 quad-core. After I get all of the necessary files moved
> from the old to the new hardware, I can start trying out Libre OSes
> on the ancient one. I'll mostly be looking at the FSF-approved 
> list, but I'm not ruling out some BSDs and the like. I intend to
> keep you folks posted on my progress.

Hey, we still have mips64el-unknown-linux-gnu. I have a Yeeloong
8101_B. I'm hoping to get a hold of a 8133 when they come out, too :D

I'm not saying that I'm not alarmed at distopic possibilities of TC
and the Orwellian "insecure boot", but freedom can't be completely
eliminated. We have Freedom Box on deck. Very soon we will see an
unstoppable proliferation of tiny but powerful computers that are
going to flood the world. They are our "iPhone", and free software is
the "app store." Unleash it :}
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