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 ilovebeer on Sat 14th Jan 2012 06:29 UTC
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Wow, 8 new pages of posts since this morning? This certainly seems to be a hot topic at the moment.

At any rate, as I've said over and over and over and over... When you buy a prebuilt "Designed for Windows 8" computer, you shouldn't expect it to work (properly) when you try to use it in a way not intended by its design. Whining about it doesn't change that. If you want to run a non-Windows 8 OS then DO NOT BUY A "DESIGNED FOR WINDOWS 8" computer.... dummy.

That being said, I think it should be made clear what "Designed for Windows 8" means. Whether that's a sticker on the thing that says "This hardware is locked to run Windows 8 only.", or whatever.

Fact: There are several alternatives to buying a "Designed for Windows 8" computer.

Fact: Nobody is forced to buy a "Designed for Windows 8" computer.

Fact: No amount of whining or ignoring will change the above two facts.

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