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[4]: Comment by PieterGen
by izomiac on Sat 14th Jan 2012 01:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PieterGen"
izomiac
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but that same law doesn't also say that the Manufacturer has to continue to provide warranty.


Actually, it says exactly that. Earlier I was mistaken in thinking it was court precedent, it's actually US Federal Law covering any device worth $15 or more. Class action suits may be filed with as few as 100 plaintiffs (to bypass state court and be handled federally) and the manufacturer is also liable for attorney fees.

Now obviously the time involved keeps most people from doing this. OTOH, there a large number of people saying that rooting and modding void warranties so people don't realize they have legal recourse. I'm not sure how much of that is corporate astroturfing VS "I'm so leet I just voided my warranty by working at such a low level!".

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