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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In all fairness,
by Kalessin on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:03 UTC
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Microsoft may not have lied. They may very well have not been planning to force OEMs to restrict boxes to Windows using secure boot when they said that they weren't. But it doesn't really matter much. They went back on what they said, once again proving that you can't trust what they say.

And regardless of whether secure boot ends up being locked on X86 systems or not, this is a total dick move. What value is there to the consumer in locking down the device this way? None. It's just screwing us over. I so hope that someone finds a way to take Microsoft to court over this. But I guess that the main thing that we can pray for at this point is that Microsoft won't force OEMs to lock down x86 devices.

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