Today, Reuters reported that a Spanish group called Hispalinux is filing a case against Microsoft for making Windows 8 more secure for consumers. Hispalinux represents 8000 member open-source software users that has made a complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission. Their concern is that Microsoft’s UEFI Secure Boot system in Windows 8 is not allowing them to install Linux distros.
Reuters reported the following about their complaint,
In its 14-page complaint, Hispalinux said Windows 8 contained an “obstruction mechanism” called UEFI Secure Boot that controls the start-up of the computer and means users must seek keys from Microsoft to install another operating system.
The group said it was “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems … making Microsoft’s Windows platform less neutral than ever”.
Now, I expect them to file a case against Apple for not allowing them to install custom Android ROM on iPhones. LOL.
If you want to read about advantages of using UEFI in Windows and more details about it, check it here.