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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I know that this is a side note to the main argument, but I want to thank Laurence, as well as all those who help out the Linux/BSD/Solaris community with hardware testing.

I submit regular test results for Solaris 10 x86, using quite a motley array of systems and peripherals, because hardware testing is utterly lacking compared with Windows, and even Red Hat Linux. Most of the IT departments I have either worked in, or consulted with, look down upon OSes with a lacking HCL, and will not consider one of them (usually this concerns integration with legacy hardware, or brand spanking new systems).

Thank you again.....because this kind of 'grunt work' helps influence both IT professionals, as well as management who are wary of committing to anything foreign (OS-wise). For irrespective of the non-Windows OS of your choice, anything that would make it more palatable for the corporate and home user alike, is an honorable goal that is worth attaining.

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