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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Um...and....we already deal with this today
by Cromat on Fri 13th Jan 2012 20:45 UTC
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Not that this is a direct example, but think about this, Microsoft is not doing anything different than apple. Apple requires that you buy their hardware, microsoft is requiring you use their OS on a piece of hardware. Sure you can run other operating systems on a mac, but I can't run OS X on another machine, I am forced into buying their hardware. They are a different issue but the same principal. Another example is the IPAD (aka competitor to windows arm tablets)...I can't put another OS on it, and does anyone complain no. Why should Microsoft always be the target? Apple is just as guilty... I think we need to stop blaming MS for all the Linux adoption issues, the real issue is its not sold by OEM's and not supported by hardware vendors, if drivers were all made equal we would see Linux all over the place.

Edited 2012-01-13 20:48 UTC

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