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[5]: I for one
by bassbeast on Sun 15th Jan 2012 04:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I for one"
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If that is considered humor then carrot top is the finest comedian of our time.

The sad part IMHO is there is a perfectly logical business reason for doing this but the "ZOMG M$ Burns Babies!" crowd is too busy wetting themselves to actually have logical thought.

Its really simple folks and can be summed up in just two words, malware and piracy. MSFT has seen how badly Android has been pwned and don't want the same thing happening to them and more importantly for their future they know that the ONLY way they are gonna sell Windows on ARM is to get "developers developers developers" and the way to do that is to give them an app store that keeps their apps from being slapped on P2P 3 minutes after they are released.

Think about it logically, if you can't secure the boot sequence how is any of the rest of the stack gonna be secure? How did the pirates get around Windows 7 WGA? Bootloader, it even passes WGA by faking an OEM signature so the OS can't tell its not running on an OEM PC. Now MSFT can't do a thing about that on x86/64 because not only do they have FOUR OSes currently under support (XP/Vista/7/8) but PCs are generic and can be sold with any of the above, no OS at all, or a *nix variant so the OEMs aren't gonna want to build separate boards just for Win 8 and businesses won't touch a MSFT OS before at least SP1 so that would kill business sales.

Win 8 on ARM OTOH will be designed for Win 8 because just like iPhone or a droid tablet it will be designed around THAT particular OS. Since MSFT wants the Win 8 ARM market to be like XBL they need a way to sell apps without pirates having a field day and without rogue apps being able to pwn huge amounts of units.

In the end just like Apple it isn't like you don't have choice, there is iOS, RIM, and Droid, and maybe even WebOS and Ubuntu so it isn't like this will magically give the market to MSFT. And more importantly to MSFT their customers are CONSUMERS and NOT geeks so they frankly couldn't care less because they don't install OSes on phones or root squat. So if you don't like it? don't buy it. its not like there won't be a ton of others selling tablets and phones that will happily take your money and let you poke away, but you assume the risk and if you brick it tough noogies. The WinTab will "just work" for little Suzy while letting developers make money on the market without worry about rampant piracy. BTW fire up any P2P and look for Droid apps, the piracy on that platform is insane.

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