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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RE[3]: Comment by PieterGen
by jared_wilkes on Sat 14th Jan 2012 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen"
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Yes, feel free to spend several remote tech support sessions and a couple of months in small claims court representing yourself and putting up a more costly fight than the device is actually worth.

Yes, there are laws saying you have the right to flash ROM/jailbreak/root (whichever the particular case may be), but that same law doesn't also say that the Manufacturer has to continue to provide warranty. Some countries/regions/states may have stronger consumer/anti-lemon laws which may still require to provide some support, but the right to modify doesn't translate to the right to continue be warrantied in many places.

I value my time, but I'm satisfied with a modest wage. I would say 10 hours lost to trying to get someone to support a device I modified outside of their warrantee is just as much cost as a new device. Some people would say 1 or 2 hours or even any time lost at all.

But, yes, you can try to argue that you can modify to your heart's content and still get tech support and warranty coverage of the device... it should be many hours of contentment.

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