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: I for one
by westlake on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:11 UTC in reply to "I for one"
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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?


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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"
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Defensive much?

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v RE[3]: I for one
by lucas_maximus on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:20 in reply to "RE[2]: I for one"
RE[3]: I for one
by sbergman27 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:44 in reply to "RE[2]: I for one"
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Defensive much?

Sad to say. But he's right. Having been a long-time member of so many minorities (sometimes even a minority within a minority within a minority) I've come to realize that it's best to just celebrate my differences from other people, even if alone.

MS knows how to herd a mass market. Except, so far, on cell phones. A ray of hope, perhaps. But they may yet succeed there, too. They are nothing if not persistent.

But not so persistent as are my cold dead hands, fortunately. ;-)

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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"
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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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lucas_maximus Member since:

Why the hell would you buy a Windows 8 Tablet and then complain you can run an OS. Why don't you buy something that is fit for purpose in the first place if a Windows Tablet does not fit your requirements.

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