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[2]: I for one "platform of choice"
by jabbotts on Fri 13th Jan 2012 18:34 UTC 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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dsmogor Member since:

well, because Linux supported devices won't be available in any sensible choice? Because I won't be able to use economy of scale to my (price) advantage. Or finally (and that's imo important for non geeks to) if windows8 turns out ti be flop I'll not be able to put android on that. All this makes windows 8 arm devices having less futureproof than even HP touchpads.

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terrakotta Member since:

If the hardware is unique, why should you be locked to windows? An android example to point out why:
I.e. currently I'm really interested in a 'eee-pad transformer prime 700' Great concept, great hardware, but I wouldn't buy it if Asus had gone through with the encrypted locked bootloader thing. Android does not have the plethora of real user applications like amarok, koffice, kile (latex editor), octave... etc...etc... Really sometimes the software just isn't what you're looking for but the hardware is.

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