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The European Commission is waiting for Microsoft's comments on a complaint against secure boot in Windows 8 before it takes its next step, according to the lawyer who filed the complaint.

José Maria Lancho, a Spanish lawyer who filed the plaint in March on behalf of 8,000 computer users who are part of Hispalinux, told iTWire that once the Commission heard back from Microsoft, the next step would be to review the company's comments and then decide about the preliminary injunction request which he had lodged.

Hispalinux is a non-profit Spanish association with more than 8,000 software users and developers as members (some of them significant engineers) in Spain.

Lancho (pictured above) has asked that the Commission make Microsoft modify its requirements forcing all PC manufacturers to turn on secure boot on any hardware that is loaded with Windows 8.

Further, he has requested that the Commission, "under the powers for inspection conferred within the legal framework of the European Union (article 19 and 20, of the EU's Antitrust Regulation (1/2003) ) require from the following computer manufacturers - ASUS, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Sony, Dell, Packard Bell and Medion - and their main distributors within Europe, that they determine the number of computer models and the amount of units that have been put on sale in the marketplace, determining how they have defined the system of secure boot of each device linked to Windows 8, specifying the rights given to the users, including: deactivation options, inspection options, modification options, total or partial deletion options of the signature repositories, specifying the recognised signatures within these repositories and the information regarding all the prior options given to the user at the moment of purchase".

Lancho called on people to come forward and offer their services if they were able to support the technical reports he had lodged as part of the complaint.

"We already count on programmers and engineers of international relevance who have helped us draft these reports, but for personal or professional reasons, they cannot make their support public," he said.

"The current state of the software industry makes it easier than ever to carry out a witch hunt against anybody that actively supports the rights of end-users."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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