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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2009-08-18

Isn't the UEFI issue being discussed here related to ARM based ultrabooks not tablets? And why, after plunking down money to buy the hardware, should a device owner not be able to opt-out of secure boot and apply whatever OS they choose to it?


Because you are being sold something that is a complete product ... you aren't being sold a tablet that can boot Windows 8 and other operating systems.

You are buying a device that is sold as running Windows 8. If you don't like it ... buy something else.

I also find it intersting that you justify limiting everyone's computing experience based on the opinion of someone who can't even explain what you do for a living let alone understand the potential outcomes of hardware locked to a specific OS for no other effective reason than one companies profiteering strategy?


LOL ... the idea is that most people IMO should never need to know how a tablet works or ever care. It should do what it does, never bother them until it gets wrong where they take it to a professional to get fixed.

Apple sells this as a feature ... btw you may wish to google Simon Sinek ... it will explain it better than I ever could.

Do you care how an Aircraft flies (I know quite a lot about it, I have a HND in Mechanical Engineering) but most people don't.

Do people care how a car works ... Nope.

Do people care how a washing machine works .. Nope

Do people care how a TV works ... Nope.

A Tablet is a product.

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