Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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possible Microsoft game plan...
by TechGeek on Sat 15th Sep 2012 18:25 UTC
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Lets consider what we know:

Windows 8 RT will run on ARM processors. But Microsoft has made a deal so that no other OS will ever run on that hardware.

Intel is now releasing a low power Atom processor to run Windows 8 x86 in the same market space, mobile and low power device. Intel says this proc will not support Linux. That may mean again, a hardware lock out.

Most computers made in the world comes with Windows pre-installed. By the above two actions, Microsoft can effectively lock Linux out of not only a major portion of the market, but the newest and fastest growing portion of the market.

Make no mistake about it, Microsoft is targeting Linux/Android with these decisions.

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