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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Comment by PieterGen
by PieterGen on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:34 UTC
PieterGen
Member since:
2012-01-13

Well, regarding smartphones: on Android phones & tablets you are your own the boss, right? At least my phone runs under a custom kernel & custom ROM.

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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by WorknMan on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:39 in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Well, regarding smartphones: on Android phones & tablets you are your own the boss, right? At least my phone runs under a custom kernel & custom ROM.


Well, most Android phones and tablets come with locked bootloaders, so I'm not sure why owning a Microsoft tablet (which is essentially what running Windows 8 will be running on an ARM CPU) would be much different in this regard.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

If it's a Nexus then it's Android. If it's not a Nexus device, then it's XYZ Incorporated's child fork distribution based on Android OS. There are very few real Android devices contrary to the marketing propaganda.

Now, the question is, how easy is it for a device owner to unlock there owned Nexus device?

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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by jared_wilkes on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:29 in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

And you've most likely invalidated your warranty. Something most don't want to do.

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RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen
by PieterGen on Fri 13th Jan 2012 21:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by PieterGen"
PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

Regarding the loss of guarantee when rooting an Android smartphone: you can do it in such a way that you can restore the original settings/ROM/kernel. So no one will be the wiser.....

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RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen
by izomiac on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by PieterGen"
izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

Everyone says that, and manufacturers love if people believe that, but it's not quite true. There was a major supreme court case that ruled a manufacturer must honor the warranty on a modified product unless they can prove the defect resulted from the modification.

If you install a fingerprint reader on your phone (i.e. case mod, custom kernel, etc), and the screen cracks under normal usage, the manufacturer is legally obligated to honor the warranty. Of course, they'll refuse, and legal fees will exceed replacement cost, but that's the law.

Anti-lemon laws also apply, which is why they offer a warranty in the first place (and they can't be "voided", regardless of what you do).

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