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Linux Foundation wades into Windows 8 secure boot controversy

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networkworld.com: The Linux Foundation today released technical guidance to PC makers on how to implement secure UEFI without locking Linux or other free software off of new Windows 8 machines.

And: Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot

Firefox partners with The Evil Empire

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zdnet.com: Mozilla, has joined up with Microsoft to make a special version of Firefox that uses the Bing for its default search engine and home page.

UEFI Headaches Begin For Linux Users

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benjaminkerensa.com: My friend recently got an HP s5-1110 with Win 7 installed. UEFI has prevented the installation of GRUB on this machine. I could find no way in the BIOS to disable the feature and so far, as I work my way up the HP tech support ladder, I have found no HP techs who have a clue what I’m talking about.

Why I’ve finally had it with my Linux server and I’m moving back to Windows

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zdnet.com: I’ve had it. I’ve had it with all the patched together pieces and parts that all have to be just the right versions, with just the right dependencies, compiled in just the right way, during just the right phase of the moon, with just the right number of people tilting left at just the right time.

Management of UEFI secure booting

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mjg59.dreamwidth.org: The FSF have released a statement on UEFI secure boot. It explains the fundamental issue here, which isn't something as simple as "will OEMs let me install Linux". It's "Does the end user have the ability to manage their own keys".

Microsoft isn't the enemy when it comes to blocking Linux on Windows 8 PCs

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zdnet.com: This call to action seems to have created a rift here on ZDNet. In the ‘Open Source’ corner is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who calls UEFI a ‘cage’ and urges everyone to sign the FSF’s petition so that ‘your PC remains in your hands and not Microsoft’s’. In the ‘Windows’ corner is Ed Bott, who wonders who ’Linux fanatics’ want to make ‘Windows 8 less secure’. Can’t we all just get along?

Of Open Source, Microsoft, India and Paraguay

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computerworlduk.com: One of the recurrent recent themes of IT in the UK has been how moves to open source by local and central government have been stymied by Microsoft - the most famous example being the Newham Council saga. Of course, that's not a problem unique to the UK: it's a pattern repeated around the world, as some recent stories highlight.

Why do Linux fanatics want to make Windows 8 less secure?

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zdnet.com: Windows 8 isn’t even in beta yet, and already the FUD is flying fast and furious. A small group of activists are whipping up controversy over the UEFI secure boot feature even as they admit the feature is “valuable and worthwhile.” Here’s the real story.

Worried About Win 8 Secure Boot? So Is the Free Software Foundation

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pcworld.com: Linux users [are] worried that the technology will make it impossible to install their favorite free and open source operating system on Windows 8 certified PCs. Now, none other than the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has added its voice to the protests.

The demise of the Windows platform

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cornelius-schumacher.de: I bought a Windows game last week. What I got was a scenic tour through the demise of the Windows platform. I knew that Windows as gaming platform was troublesome, but it never was as clear that it's actually moving towards irrelevance.

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Beijing Zoo is No Place for Pandas

Pandas in Beijing Zoo
Photo credit: Nick Hopkins

I am a Panda lover. I work as a support engineer in an I.T company here in the United Kingdom. Most of my spare time is spent watching different Panda videos -- both old and new videos. Basically, it is my therapy; a 'stress release' for me. I find them to be adorable and precious creatures. As a matter of fact, I would like to volunteer to come to Sichuan. I want to experience and feel what it's like to be a Panda keeper, to be able to interact with them for real. The Panda is China's National Treasure, so it's a shame to watch the Panda videos from Beijing zoo, as the place is disgusting and not ideal for Pandas to live in (and for sure for all the rest of the animals who unfortunately got stuck in this prison cell).

The place looks like a ghost town. Lifeless and languished. Knowing that Pandas wear a thick fur on their body, can you imagine what it feels for them in 30C or 35C (summer temperature)? What it probably feels like all the time? Come on, if you really care, you must do something now, otherwise these Pandas will die. Please bring them back to their sanctuary where they really belong.

Linux 4.11 File-System Tests: EXT4, F2FS, XFS & Btrfs

With the Linux 4.11 kernel potentially being released as soon as today, here are some fresh benchmarks of Btrfs / EXT4 / F2FS / XFS on a solid-state drive and comparing the performance of 4.11 Git back to Linux 4.9 and 4.10. For those wondering if the block/file-system changes of Linux 4.11 have any impact on EXT4/F2FS/XFS/Btrfs for common I/O workloads or how these file-systems are comparing on this latest kernel, here are some benchmarks. Read more

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