Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st May 2017 20:17 UTC

Microsoft and Qualcomm just announced at Computex that Lenovo, HP, and ASUS are expected to be the first companies with devices that feature the Snapdragon 835. Powered by Windows 10 on ARM, the ultra-thin and always-connected devices are said to usher in a new era of mobile computing.

I am excited about ARM-based Windows machines, because this time around, there'll be a compatibility layer for running x86 applications. The built-in LTE, 4x-5x (claimed) standy time and 50% more battery life (again, claimed) are very welcome, too.

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I also see OS lock in as a big potential problem on (all) post-traditional-pc devices

But even though if running on Arm soc's, phones, tablets, and now Arm laptops (chrome, now Windows, maybe Mac?) are all very similar computers internally -- only the laptops will people "refer to" as computers.

I think the former two categories people are happy enough to let manufacturers call "devices" and have some special new rules.

If laptops with Arm soc's take off, and they well might, then the only (real) leverage I see the opensource/alt-OS community have in moving across from x86 "computers" to Arm "computers" is mandatory legal requirements being put in place by governments, or EU or US antitrust legislators.

Requirements that is to specifically allow (and actually provide for) rooting, bootloader replacement etc, at least for the alt-OS's(requiring digitally signed bootloaders/kernels might be a fair compromise).

Anyone agree?
I think the fight should start asap.

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