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Secure Boot, UEFI, or "Restricted Boot" as the FSF calls it, is a threat to computing freedom. It was covered in the following posts.
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Secure Boot, UEFI 'security', or "Restricted Boot" as the FSF calls it (for the goal is not really security but control and domination by a remote/distant vendor), is a great threat to computing freedom. It was covered in the following posts over the years.
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== 2022 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2022/01/09/ppp-traitors/  Pluton Proponents Working for Plutocracy (and Pentagon Agenda)]
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== 2021 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2021/12/06/worthless-security-theater-boot/ “Wintel” “Secure” uEFI Firmware Used to Store Persistent Malware, and Security Theater Boot is Worthless]
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*[http://techrights.org/2021/10/04/matthew-garrett-security-theatre/ Matthew Garrett’s Twitter Log Shows Exactly Why We Need to Give Security Theater the Boot]
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*[http://techrights.org/2021/10/03/uefi-bios-acpi-bugs/ Lenovo Ships ThinkBook 15 Gen2 ITL Series Full of UEFI BIOS ACPI Bugs, Releases Half a Dozen BIOS Updates, and Doesn’t Fix the Bugs]
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*[http://techrights.org/2021/10/02/secure-boot-and-vmd/ Microsoft Secure Boot and Intel VMD Pointless on GNU/Linux and Lenovo’s Documentation Recommends That You Turn Them Off]
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*[http://techrights.org/2021/04/29/cannot-upgrade-ubuntu/ Stallman Was Right About ‘Secure’ Boot (Matthew Garrett’s Work Now Used to Prevent Users Adopting New Ubuntu Releases/Derivatives)]
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== 2020 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2020/07/30/wontboot/ Karma or Hubris? Is #TorvaldsWasRight a Thing Now?]
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*[http://techrights.org/2020/07/30/uefi-secure-boot-award/ UEFI 'Secure Boot' is Just a Security Mess, as Techrights Predicted All Along, and FSF Should Not Have Given That Award]
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== 2016 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2016/02/01/uefi-bricking-pc/ UEFI is Bricking PCs, Yet Again]
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== 2015 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/07/14/uefi-used-for-cracking/ Governments-Connected ‘Hacking Team’ Targets UEFI, Reveal Leaks]
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/05/27/uefi-intel-agency/ Yet Another Major Security Deficiency in UEFI]
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/03/25/uefi-security/ Another Reason to Boycott UEFI: Back Doors or Crackers]
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/03/21/uefi-against-gnu-linux/ Microsoft Hates Linux – Part I – The UEFI Attack on GNU/Linux]
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/02/17/uefi-vs-coreboot/ Intel Continues to Attack Software Freedom Through UEFI]
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/01/09/insecurity-in-disguise/ Another Reason to Boycott UEFI and Proprietary Software From Microsoft: Insecurity]
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== 2014 ==
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=== November ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2014/11/15/hostility-towards-gnu-linux/ The Terrible Joke Which is Microsoft ‘Loving’ Linux: Nightmares With UEFI ‘Secure’ Boot (i.e. Windows Monopoly Imposed) Continue to Affect GNU/Linux Users]
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=== September ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2014/09/16/anti-competitive-aspects-inside-uefi/ Another Reason to Boycott Intel UEFI]
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=== June ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2014/06/20/active-management-technology/ ‘Active Management Technology’ is Quite Likely a Back Door, Along With Intel’s UEFI]
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=== May ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/05/07/control-over-pc/ Microsoft Still Imposes Broken ‘Updates’ and Breaks GNU/Linux Through UEFI Boot Restrictions]
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=== April ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/04/16/microsoft-grip-on-foss/ Aiding Microsoft Under the Disguise of 'Pro-FOSS']
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/04/11/uefi-implementations/ Replicating the Destruction of Dual Boot (GNU/Linux) by Microsoft-Friendly UEFI Implementations]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/04/01/uefi-is-bricking-computers/ UEFI is Bricking Computers When One Removes Spyware With Back Doors (Microsoft Windows)]
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=== March ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/03/27/uefi-secure-exclusion/ Microsoft’s Sabotage With UEFI ‘Secure’ Boot Continues, Time for Major Legal Actions From GNU/Linux Users and Vendors]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/03/25/uefi-secure-boot-and-fsf/ My Disagreement With the FSF Over UEFI ‘Secure Boot’]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/03/17/uefi-experiences/ Man With Plenty of UEFI Experience Struggles to Disable Restricted Boot to Install and Run GNU/Linux]
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=== February ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/02/24/uefi-barrier/ Many Are Moving to GNU/Linux, So Microsoft is Trying to Make it Technically Hard]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/02/17/nuc-linux-hostile/ UEFI Booster Intel Could Not Even Bother Making GNU/Linux Bootable on NUC]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/02/14/experiences-with-uefi/ Installing GNU/Linux is Still Hard Due to UEFI]
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=== January ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/01/30/cannot-install-linux/ Journalists Report Issues With UEFI, Cannot Install GNU/Linux]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/01/22/broken-for-security/ When Microsoft Deletes Windows and GNU/Linux]
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*[http://techrights.org/2014/01/02/uefi-strategy/ As GNU and Linux Become Dominant Platforms They Need Not Follow Microsoft With UEFI]
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== 2013 ==
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=== December ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/12/26/gummiboot-error/ Urge Hardware Companies to Stop Using UEFI (or Boycott Them), Don't Work on UEFI]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/12/20/ars-technica-and-uefi/ Microsoft Booster at the Microsoft-Leaning Ars Technica: UEFI Restricted Boot is Good]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/12/16/boot-process-threat/ NSA Confirms Remote Computer Bricking by BIOS (or UEFI) as a Real Strategy]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/12/09/restricted-boot-bypassed/ ‘Secure’ Boot is Not Secure, Time to Abandon It]
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=== November ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/11/13/polluting-linux-with-lockin/ The UEFI Forum (Intel et al.) is Polluting Linux in the Same Way Corporations Polluted W3C/WWW With DRM]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/11/07/uefi-is-the-digital-gmo/ How to Overcome Microsoft UEFI ‘Secure’ Boot Lock-in: Chuck the Physical Hard-Drive]
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=== October ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/10/22/uefi-bricks-microsoft/ Windows Vista 8.1, or Windows ‘Brick Edition’, Shows That UEFI is Malicious, Opposite of ‘Secure’]
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=== September ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/09/12/gnu-linux-is-better-than-windows/ Battling Microsoft’s Abusive Hardware-Software Bundling by Showing That GNU/Linux is Better Than Windows]
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=== August ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/08/15/uefi-and-vista-8-blue/ Vista 8 to be Released Again, UEFI Still Included]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/08/13/how-efiuefi-is-harming-digital-freedom-and-technology-rights-like-privacy-and-anonymity/ How EFI/UEFI is Harming Digital Freedom and Technology Rights Like Privacy and Anonymity]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/08/03/uefi-a-mess/ UEFI a Complication That Almost Nobody Needs]
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=== July ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/07/26/boycott-uefi/ Boycott UEFI]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/07/09/uefi-servers/ Microsoft Linux (SUSE) is Pushing Microsoft-controlled Restricted Boot, Advancing It on Servers Too]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/07/07/uefi-swpats/ UEFI is a Patent Trap]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/07/01/patent-extortion-and-denial-of-booting/ Ingesting Microsoft Traps: FAT and Restricted Boot]
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=== June ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/06/24/nsa-and-uefi/ If You Use Microsoft Windows, the NSA Can Brick Your Computer Hardware Remotely]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/06/10/british-government-and-microsoft/ ~$10,000 Per Windows Desktop Per Year in the British Government, and Microsoft Wants to Deny Us Choice]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/06/06/insyde-software/ UEFI 'Secure' Boot is Not About Security, Insyde Software's Business Model is Misguided and Dangerous]
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=== May ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/30/uefi-and-eula/ Another Reason to Avoid Hardware With UEFI]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/26/boot-support-debated/ Techrights Advises UEFI Forum to Withdraw ‘Secure’ Boot Support]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/17/uefi-restricted-boot/ UEFI Restricted Boot Good for Microsoft Agenda, Not for Security]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/12/riddell-on-uefi-riddle/ Prominent GNU/Linux/KDE Developer Jonathan Riddell Complains About UEFI Restricted Boot, Calling it “a giant Microsoft conspiracy to make installing Linux more faffy than it already is.”]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/08/debian-and-uefi/ Debian Should Consider Adding Weight to Antitrust Complaint Over Microsoft’s Restricted Boot Tactics, Wheezy Cannot Boot on New Hardware]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/05/06/building-uefi-fences/ Despite Vista 8 Failing in the Market, GNU/Linux Slow to Capitalise Due in Part to Microsoft’s UEFI Tricks]
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=== April ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/04/15/uefi-headaches-and-fedora-delay/ Microsoft’s UEFI Restricted Boot Delays GNU/Linux Releases, Causes Many Issues for Windows ‘Refugees’]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/04/07/multimedia-drm-like-uefi/ UEFI Restricted Boot No Longer Valid for Security, Keys Leaked]
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=== March ===
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/31/against-uefi-interview/ UEFI Continues to be a Headache for GNU/Linux Users]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/28/eu-complaint-uefi/ Awareness of UEFI Restricted Boot Injustice Raised]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/26/uefi-antitrust-action/ European Commission Finally Receives Complaint About Microsoft’s UEFI Restricted Boot Scheme]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/24/not-bricked-by-linux/ Why Samsung Hardware With UEFI Boot Gets Bricked by Linux]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/18/hardware-lock-in/ UEFI War on Linux: Not as Simple as Disabling Restricted (‘Secure’) Boot]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/16/hardware-and-communications-lock/ Microsoft Control Over Users]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/12/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it/ Microsoft Tax Goes Deeper Into Hardware While Microsoft Pays No Tax]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/08/freebsd-and-secure-boot/ FreeBSD Makes UEFI Mistake]
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*[http://techrights.org/2013/03/02/uefi-antitrust-and-rant/ UEFI Restricted Boot: Torvalds Asks Developers Not to “Please Microsoft by Doing Idiotic Crap Approach”, Petition Set Up to Nail Microsoft for This Antitrust Abuse]
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=== February ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/25/torvalds-vs-uefi/ Torvalds Curses Over UEFI Stupidity, Gets Upset at Red Hat]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/19/zareason-criticises-microsofts-uefi-restricted-boot-practices/ ZaReason Criticises Microsoft’s UEFI Restricted Boot Practices]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/18/uefi-restricted-boot-and-ubuntu/ Ubuntu Release Cycles Controlled by Microsoft UEFI Restricted Boot]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/15/uefi-complicity/ UEFI Disasters Are Microsoft’s Fault, Stop Blaming Linux or Samsung]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/12/helping-uefi/ Advertising and Legitimising Microsoft Control of Linux]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/10/microsoft-agenda-for-fat/ FAT is Free (Gratis) as Long as You Serve Microsoft’s Agenda]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/05/against-linux-chances/ Former Novell Employees in Microsoft’s Fight Against GNU/Linux Adoption]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/01/uefi-scheme-anger/ Complain About — Don’t Work Around — Microsoft’s Abusive UEFI Scheme]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/07/restricting-the-use-of-hardware/ Adventures in UEFI Mischief and Selective Criticism of Google]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/02/09/uefi-patent-baggage/ Ignore the Spin: Microsoft’s UEFI Programme Still Bricking Laptops]
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=== January ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/16/red-hat-meets-uefi/ New Fedora Suffers From UEFI While Desktops Suffer Steep Decline and Sales Drop]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/06/vista-outpacing-vista-8/ Vista 8 Worse Than Vista, So Microsoft Must Block Competition to Save Windows]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/01/security-washing-uefi/ 2013: The Age of Linux-Hostile PCs]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/04/fsf-and-uefi/ Free Software Foundation (FSF) Seeks Funds to Help Those Who Cannot Use GNU and Linux on New PCs Due to UEFI]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/09/chip-level-offences/ Latest Case of Microsoft Using Hardware Companies to Block GNU/Linux Coincides With Denying Previous Such Case]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/01/31/bricked-by-uefi/ Microsoft’s Anticompetitive Attack on GNU/Linux Booting is Bricking Laptops]
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== 2012 ==
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=== December ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/30/uefi-and-fight-vs-open-pc/ Vista 8 Fails This Xmas, UEFI Blocks GNU and Linux While Microsoft Tries Collecting in China, Stopping Sales of Open PCs]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/11/win8-is-botched/ Vista 8 Continues to Fail, But Succeeds at Suppressing GNU and Linux Installs]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/05/supporting-uefi-in-2012-is-like-supporting-ooxml-in-2007/ Supporting UEFI in 2012 is Like Supporting OOXML in 2007]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/02/uefi-guest-post/ Guest Post: UEFI’s Effects on the User]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/01/uefi-in-xmas/ New Reports Show How Microsoft Rendered New Hardware Linux-hostile Out of the Box Using UEFI Demands]
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=== November ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/29/uefi-insecurity/ UEFI Apologists Versus Germany’s Government Judgment on UEFI Insecurity]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/27/blocking-linux-and-lying-with-fake-numbers/ Vista 8 Signals the End of Windows Domination; Microsoft Starts Lying (Fake Numbers), Block GNU/Linux]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/26/uefi-harms-converts/ New PCs Cannot Boot Linux Due to Microsoft Dirty Tricks]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/21/hardware-keys-for-lf/ Microsoft Proves Techrights Right by Screwing UEFI ‘Partners’]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/18/blocking-gnu-linux-in-oems/ Vista 8 is Not Selling, But Microsoft’s UEFI Scheme Blocks Linux Installations/Booting]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/05/matthew-garrett/ Garrett a Microsoft Apologist]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/02/grub-and-fsf/ Ubuntu Decided to Stay With GPLv3 After Public Backlash]
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=== October ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/31/uefi-and-security/ Microsoft Can’t Understand Security (Lesson for UEFI Apologists)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/14/playing-dirty-with-uefi/ Linux Wins the Devices OS War, Microsoft Tries to Lock it Out With UEFI]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/12/excluding-web-sites/ Microsoft Breaks the Web and Linux]
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=== September ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/09/25/uefi-and-canonical/ Ubuntu Acknowledges UEFI Mistake by Taking FSF Advice]
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=== August ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/17/trouble-found-in-windows/ The Early Demise of Vista 8 and the Obsolescence of UEFI]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/13/future-hardware-ruined-by-novell/ SUSE to Help Microsoft With UEFI Agenda]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/07/microsoft-cannot-defend-uefi/ Microsoft Cannot Defend UEFI]
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=== July ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/31/blocking-bsd-and-gnu-linux/ Microsoft Corporation — Not Just Microsoft Windows — a SPAM Leader; UEFI Not the Answer]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/25/loss-makes-disruption/ Microsoft Dictatorship Divides and Conquers Linux With Novell, Red Hat, and Ubuntu]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/25/loss-makes-disruption/ Microsoft Dictatorship Divides and Conquers Linux With Novell, Red Hat, and Ubuntu]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/20/red-hat-does-not-want-to-defend-its-position-on-uefi/ Red Hat Does Not Want to Defend Its Position on UEFI]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/20/red-hat-does-not-want-to-defend-its-position-on-uefi/ Red Hat Does Not Want to Defend Its Position on UEFI]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/03/articles-about-uefi/ Coverage of the Free Software Foundation’s Response to UEFI]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/03/articles-about-uefi/ Coverage of the Free Software Foundation’s Response to UEFI]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/01/fsf-uefi-recommendation/ The FSF Moves From Petition to Recommendations Regarding UEFI Fight]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/01/fsf-uefi-recommendation/ The FSF Moves From Petition to Recommendations Regarding UEFI Fight]
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=== June ===
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/29/traps-behind-uefi/ With UEFI, Microsoft Assaults the General Public License (GPL) and Computing Freedom in General]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/29/traps-behind-uefi/ With UEFI, Microsoft Assaults the General Public License (GPL) and Computing Freedom in General]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/27/uefi-and-bombarding-the-press/ Answers to Microsoft’s UEFI Plot Summarised, More Pretence That Microsoft is ‘Open’]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/27/uefi-and-bombarding-the-press/ Answers to Microsoft’s UEFI Plot Summarised, More Pretence That Microsoft is ‘Open’]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/09/uefi-mistake/ Red Hat Criticised for Advancing Microsoft’s UEFI Agenda]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/09/uefi-mistake/ Red Hat Criticised for Advancing Microsoft’s UEFI Agenda]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/05/uefi-tax/ Microsoft’s Monopolistic Abuses Continue as Red Hat and Fedora Tax Are Put in Place]
* [http://techrights.org/2012/06/05/uefi-tax/ Microsoft’s Monopolistic Abuses Continue as Red Hat and Fedora Tax Are Put in Place]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/07/31/blocking-bsd-and-gnu-linux/ Microsoft Corporation — Not Just Microsoft Windows — a SPAM Leader; UEFI Not the Answer]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/07/microsoft-cannot-defend-uefi/ Microsoft Cannot Defend UEFI]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/13/future-hardware-ruined-by-novell/ SUSE to Help Microsoft With UEFI Agenda]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/08/17/trouble-found-in-windows/ The Early Demise of Vista 8 and the Obsolescence of UEFI]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/09/25/uefi-and-canonical/ Ubuntu Acknowledges UEFI Mistake by Taking FSF Advice]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/12/excluding-web-sites/ Microsoft Breaks the Web and Linux]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/14/playing-dirty-with-uefi/ Linux Wins the Devices OS War, Microsoft Tries to Lock it Out With UEFI]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/31/uefi-and-security/ Microsoft Can’t Understand Security (Lesson for UEFI Apologists)]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/02/grub-and-fsf/ Ubuntu Decided to Stay With GPLv3 After Public Backlash]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/05/matthew-garrett/ Garrett a Microsoft Apologist]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/18/blocking-gnu-linux-in-oems/ Vista 8 is Not Selling, But Microsoft’s UEFI Scheme Blocks Linux Installations/Booting]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/21/hardware-keys-for-lf/ Microsoft Proves Techrights Right by Screwing UEFI ‘Partners’]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/26/uefi-harms-converts/ New PCs Cannot Boot Linux Due to Microsoft Dirty Tricks]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/27/blocking-linux-and-lying-with-fake-numbers/ Vista 8 Signals the End of Windows Domination; Microsoft Starts Lying (Fake Numbers), Block GNU/Linux]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/29/uefi-insecurity/ UEFI Apologists Versus Germany’s Government Judgment on UEFI Insecurity]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/01/uefi-in-xmas/ New Reports Show How Microsoft Rendered New Hardware Linux-hostile Out of the Box Using UEFI Demands]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/02/uefi-guest-post/ Guest Post: UEFI’s Effects on the User]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/05/supporting-uefi-in-2012-is-like-supporting-ooxml-in-2007/ Supporting UEFI in 2012 is Like Supporting OOXML in 2007]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/11/win8-is-botched/ Vista 8 Continues to Fail, But Succeeds at Suppressing GNU and Linux Installs]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/12/30/uefi-and-fight-vs-open-pc/ Vista 8 Fails This Xmas, UEFI Blocks GNU and Linux While Microsoft Tries Collecting in China, Stopping Sales of Open PCs]
 

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Secure Boot, UEFI 'security', or "Restricted Boot" as the FSF calls it (for the goal is not really security but control and domination by a remote/distant vendor), is a great threat to computing freedom. It was covered in the following posts over the years.

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