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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bouhko
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2010-06-24

Yeah that really shows how purely anti-competitive this demand is. There is not a single technical motivation beneficial to the user behind it.

I guess they realized that if they force SecureBoot on x86 as well, people would get angry because they can't install earlier Windows version.

So they are trying to sneak this new "feature" only in the ARM-based PC since earlier Windows versions don't work on ARM anyway.

I have no words to describe how little respect I have for the people that came up with this brillant idea.

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