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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Except $FAVORITE_OS would work perfectly on the device if it wasn't locked down for market strategy reasons. In fact it might even work better, since ARM support has existed for ages on *nix, but is a new feature on Windows.

So the blame shifts from "incompetent manufacturer / FOSS" to "greedy Microsoft". Not that Microsoft hasn't done it before, but it's usually via discrete/oportunistic/plausibly-deniable channels.

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