Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:20 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows And so the war on general computing continues. Were you looking forward to ARM laptops and maybe even desktops now that Windows 8 will also be released for ARM? I personally was, because I'd much rather have a thin, but fast and economical machine than a beastly Intel PC. Sadly, it turns out that all our fears regarding UEFI's Secure Boot feature were justified: Microsoft prohibits OEMs from allowing you to install anything other than Windows 8 on ARM devices (the Software Freedom Law Center has more).
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Market share through vendor lock
by Alfman on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:44 UTC
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This must mean that microsoft believes they can get away with it on arm, but not on x86.

However, even on x86, we still don't have answers as to whether dual booting into windows and linux will be possible without going into the bios to toggle secure boot (ms hasn't promised that windows 8 will run correctly with secure boot disabled).

The ability to disable secure boot on x86 is only half an answer, we (the legitimate owners) also need the ability to authorize/revoke the platform keys. Hard-coding microsoft keys will make alternative operating systems second class citizens on new platforms.

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