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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Can't possibly be legal
by cmost on Sat 14th Jan 2012 00:05 UTC
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I'm sorry, but common sense tells me this can't possibly be legal. When I purchase a computer, I am buying the hardware. The software is available only through a license which I can either accept or reject. The computer, though is MINE. If I am not permitted to run the operating system of MY choosing on MY computer then I will promptly return it to the manufacturer for a full refund. I urge everyone to do the same. If Microsoft is going to lock OEM computer vendors into Windows 8 then it better damn well be prepared to give away the operating system with the computer at no extra cost whatsoever to the vendor or the consumer. When I buy a new blu-ray player, I don't have to pay extra for its software because there's no way to reject it. What Microsoft and many computer manufacturers fail to realize is that there are a lot of folks who don't just dabble with Linux or BSD; they use it every day and their primary OS. I personally haven't run a Windows OS on any computer I've owned for over eight years. I don't like Windows, I have less love for Microsoft and frankly, I feel that Linux offers better security and more power. Fortunately, I'm skilled enough that I can build my own computers from scratch (and typically do about every two years.) Unfortunately, not everyone has that option. Instead of letting Microsoft run roughshod over consumer choice and their rights simply to entrench its own inferior, buggy crapware, it's time consumers spoke loudly with their pocketbooks. Just say "NO" to UEFI and Secure Boot.

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