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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by kaiwai on Sat 14th Jan 2012 01:16 UTC
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As horrible as it sounds I do think that it may not be as bad as people make out it to be. In the case of having a signed kernel/bootloader I could see the likes of Google and others signing their stuff because at the end of the day the cost to them as an organisation is probably only a few cents anyway.

The idea that alternative 'commercially available operating systems' maybe restricted is a grey area, the biggest threat is actually to the home brew computer enthusiasts who provide custom ROM's. It is amazing how after the home brew community fought tooth and nail to get hand set vendors to finally unlock their bootloader's and now we're seeing a whole new bootloader lock down occurring.

Side note I am surprised that we haven't see Apple embrace this technology given that it is more likely to be up their ally than Microsoft's. The sad part about the decision Microsoft made is it seems to be a process of 1 step forward and two steps back - they finally forced OEM's to embrace UEFI as a requirement for bundling Windows 8 but forces a lock down on devices that will come back to haunt them in the future. I truly believe it will come back to haunt them first because it reminds me of WGA when it came out with claims that it'll reduce piracy with the unintended consequence of pissing off a lot of loyal customers in the process thus adding one more straw on the proverbial horse whose back is about to break.

Edited 2012-01-14 01:21 UTC

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