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New EU Complaint Lodged Against Microsoft

A Spanish open-source group filed a complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft Tuesday. Hispalinux claims Windows 8 has a feature that makes it difficult for a user to easily install alternative operating systems. Microsoft reportedly claims this mechanism is a security feature users have known about. The company stated it is “confident our approach complies with the law and helps keep customers safe.” Hispalinux, an 8,000-member group of Linux users and developers, says in the 14-page complaint, The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot in Windows 8 serves as “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems... making Microsoft's Windows platform less neutral than ever.” Users wishing to install another operating system must obtain keys from Microsoft to be able to do so. The net effect is anti-competitive and bad for users and the software industry, claims the group. Earlier this month, the European Commission fined Microsoft 561m euros (£484m) for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, bringing the total fines levied against it for violating EU business rules in the past decade 2.2 billion euros ($2.83 billion), according to Reuters. (BBC)(Reuters)

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