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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I for one
by Soulbender on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:26 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

welcome Microsoft's continued decline into irrelevance on anything but the Intel PC.

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RE: I for one - PC also
by jabbotts on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:43 in reply to "I for one"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'd welcome MS decline in relevance in the PC space also.

In my own home, Win only exists for two tasks; a minimized platform for steam to run on and a pentest target in my lab subnet. For everything else including real computing, there are other fully capable options.

I got an idea where Microsoft can stick it's ARM policy all the way up to the win8 bicept tatoo.

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RE: I for one
by westlake on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:11 in reply to "I for one"
westlake Member since:
2010-01-07

welcome Microsoft's continued decline into irrelevance on anything but the Intel PC.


The Metro tablet is a mass market consumer product.

Which means that its owners will be no more interested in rooting the machine than I am interested in sponsoring a snowmobile expedition to the South Pole.

This is what the buyer wants to hear:

Qualcomm has already announced ARM chipsets specifically for Windows 8 ARM ultrabooks


Optimized hardware for his platform of choice?

Hooray!

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RE[2]: I for one
by Soulbender on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:21 in reply to "RE: I for one"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Defensive much?

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RE[2]: I for one "platform of choice"
by jabbotts on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:34 in reply to "RE: I for one"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Win8 optimized ARM hardware is great if Win8 is your OS of choice. For those of us who require a different OS; will there be an unlocked non-win8 capable model available or maybe a my-pet-OS optimized ARM hardware option?

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RE: I for one
by fithisux on Sat 14th Jan 2012 08:53 in reply to "I for one"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

The decline is faster if people start making sure that their software compiles with mingw and use FOSS on windows.Use open source windowing kits (Qt/GTK/Wx/Fltk)

1. ReactOs could be used as a platform for hosting development
2. Big hemorrage to MS, nobody buys their crappy software



Notable software that is anti-mingw
1. Mozilla
2. Openoffice
3. Erlang

Notable software that is anti-OSS compilers

1.Sharpdevelop

Notable software that is anti-OSS windowing

1. Sumatra
2. miranda
3. Infrarecorder
4. Notepad++

and others.

I urge people to re-think their position.

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RE: I for one
by factotum218 on Mon 16th Jan 2012 00:40 in reply to "I for one"
factotum218 Member since:
2007-03-20

Can't argue with you there. I have it to run Adobe software, and an email client. Sure, I could switch to Apple, but with what little I do on a computer outside of work it doesn't seem worth an investment. Yet.

Hello "workstation", it's been a while.

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