A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
The lawyer who has filed a complaint with the European Commission against secure boot in Windows 8 on behalf of some 8000 Linux users in Spain says the complaint takes "an user and developer perspective, it is an unprecedented approach to the problem of monopoly in operating systems in Europe".
Over the past few weeks, the man who runs Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, has had to announce numerous changes in the way the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution is run.
One of the many good things about openSUSE 12.3 is the fact that the developers have provided detailed documentation on the one aspect which could cause confusion - secure boot.