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[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by terrakotta on Sun 15th Jan 2012 11:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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As you stated yourself, software development has to happen. It has to happen for these devices too, which means that you have to be able to test your software on it. Or will only select developers be allowed to test-run their software on these devices (by extra costs of course)? Selling these products as a whole has nothing to do with locking those users in place. If you have an open system, someone not interested in developing/the open character of it, will not open up the system. But somebody who is, should be able to. How else are you going to educate your students? By only buying very expensive development boards, or by buying cheap mass-manufactured systems that are open enough to hack on? Electrical/electronical systems are not magical, perhaps they are more abstract and more difficult for the average user, but a user should be able to change his payed-for products to his needs if he wants to. If you remove this possibility, your entire education system is drained down the loo, because most of the time people get interested in software development by tinkering, playing and breaking things, and as you said, software development has to happen.

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