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: Comment by PieterGen
by WorknMan on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:39 UTC 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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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Very easy. 3 commands, and a reboot.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


Well, considering there are no 'Nexus' Android tablets, then I guess you could say that there are no Android tablets currently on the market.

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