Hi, this is lammi87
In the near future, all ARM based devices might have UEFI implemented in a way which would prevent free operating systems to be installed and used on those devices. These restrictions might spread to other architechtures as well. This is dangerous and everyone should opose it. The question is how are we going to take it into account here on h-node. At the moment there is no mention about UEFI anywhere.
I suggest we add new entries to computers' pages where the user must specify if UEFI is enabled by default, if it can be disabled and wether it prevents free operating systems to be used on the device. Possible set of entries could look like this:
does it have UEFI? yes no not-specified does UEFI restrict usage of free operating systems? yes no there is no UEFI not-specified is UEFI enabled by default? yes no there is no UEFI not-specified can UEFI be disabled by the user? yes no there is no UEFI not-specified
The problem with these entries is that they overlap the following existing entries a bit and changing them might be difficult (I'm not sure):
does it have a free BIOS? yes no not-specified can free operating systems be installed? yes no not-specified
What do you think? How should we implement this? Should we do this in some way before some devices with UEFI are released or should we wait for their release? Should we discuss this matter in the mailing list?
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