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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Well then hackers and eventually users that want to get out of the walled garden will choose the model with x86 architecture.

Intel recently released their SoC, and it's faster yet within the same power envelope as existing ARM solutions.

AMD is hard at work developing their own version.

So an ARM licencee may actually stand to lose here if enough people care about running Windows or other OSes without boot time restrictions.

Edited 2012-01-14 02:01 UTC

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