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: Hipocracy
by Morgan on Sat 14th Jan 2012 12:06 UTC in reply to "Hipocracy"
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You're overlooking a huge distinction with your statements about Apple. Regarding general purpose PCs, Apple owns the hardware and the software, so theoretically they could disallow any OS but their own yet they do not restrict ANY other OS. You want Windows on your Mac? Use Apple's Bootcamp software. You want Linux or anything else? Use the freely available ReFit package. Apple won't stop you, they won't sue you, they don't care because you already paid them for that hardware.

On the Windows side of things, Microsoft doesn't own the hardware (again, talking about general purpose x86 and ARM machines) they just own the software. However, they have the near-monopolistic power to force OEMs to disallow any OS but Windows, and they are doing it. The issue is that, if any OEM wants to sell in high volume they must appease Microsoft and actively block any other OS from booting.

I'm not sure where this leaves the build-your-own crowd; will motherboard manufacturers also kowtow to Microsoft's demands, or are they exempt since they don't normally license the OS? Or perhaps there will be a great divide, wherein Windows won't boot at all on a custom built ARM or x86 computer, but rather only on a complete system built by a licensed manufacturer. That would effectively kill the parts market, other than the niche hardware hacker guys.

One last thing: This makes me want many more than just the two Raspberry Pi boards I was planning on getting. I think I'm going to order as many as I can afford in the first batch, and grab as many more as I can in future releases. Because if this goes the way it looks to be going, such boards will be in high demand by those of us who prefer to roll our own systems and use OSes other than Windows. I'm sure many here are in that boat.

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