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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lucas_maximus
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Long term, I think they will. I think the cat is out of the barn, and there will be solid, appealing ARM hardware for the alternate OS market. Not just raw boards like Beagle Board or Raspberry Pi. But complete "white box" tablets and ultra/net/notebooks and settops. The vertical market will still want access to this kind of hardware and won't want to jump through the hoops to live in the walled gardens of MS and Apple.


They will and they will sell it as a feature. While most people on here will be "OMG the M$ evils" some businesses will make an effort and target the niche.

In fact you will probably get a accurate number of those support alternate operating systems because they will be buying these devices.

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