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: Comment by ilovebeer
by lemur2 on Sat 14th Jan 2012 06:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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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.

So, would you be happy if you bought a car that had a small badge which stated "designed for BrandMS petrol" in what was apparently advertising, but you later found out that, although it technically could run on any brand of petrol, it would physically only let you fill it with BrandMS petrol, which was many times as expensive?

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