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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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by shotsman on Fri 13th Jan 2012 17:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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If we wait until we see the devices it will be too late.
Microsoft will have won.
The likes of Dell, HP and virtually every other manufacturer will have already signed up for their protection racket.

What need to happen is that there will be enough of an outcry against this that the manufacturers will think long and hard about going along with Microsoft.

Once devices with this functionality are out there, the ability to change things will be lost forever.
Then if a group of linux fanbois hack the devices thus alowing them to boot something other than Windows they will be hit so hard with a gazillion lawsuits than no one will dare to ever try again UNLESS, say 30,000 people all do it at the same time.
Look at the tactics that saw the downfall of the government in Egypt. Mass disobediance. 1776 anyone?
The only way to succeed will be if enough people break it at the same time.
Now I'll sit back and wait for the men in suits & shaded to come a knocking.

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