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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It doesn't bother me very much
by twitterfire on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:34 UTC
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

I consider Linux crappy enough on the desktop and I don't find neither Gnome nor KDE being usable on a tablet.

The only Linux based os suitable for tablets is Android.

But wait. What? We already have Android tablets.

It's not like MS will stop you from buying a tablet with Android installed on it. And unlike on the PC, MS will have very little market share so they won't have much to impose to either manufacturers or users.

Why don't we blame Apple for selling tablets that only run iOS? Why don't we become enraged and demand Apple to let us install Ubuntu on iPad? We always blame Microsoft instead.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

apple was always locked and microsoft was always not. apple created their computer and microsoft rode shotgun on the inter-compatible personal computer revolution.

microsoft deserves credit for being part of open ecosystems. apple and microsoft deserve scorn for being part of closed ecosystems

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sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Yes, until a few years ago they had a really open state. Windows Mobile (not the new Windows Phone) was the closest to most open system on mobile platforms. They allowed sites like XDA to hack/modify the OS any way they want, and redistribute it freely. You could change kernel, UI, and all parts of the system. And the pinnacle product HD2 was the most open phone, which allowed (dual) booting Windows Mobile 6, Android, Meego, Ubuntu, Windows Phone 7, and whatnot.

However, those times seems to be long over.

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sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Yes, until a few years ago they had a really open state. Windows Mobile (not the new Windows Phone) was the closest to most open system on mobile platforms. They allowed sites like XDA to hack/modify the OS any way they want, and redistributae it freely. You could change kernel, UI, and all parts of the system. And the pinnacle product HD2 was the most open phone, which allowed (dual) booting Windows Mobile 6, Android, Meego, Ubuntu, Windows Phone 7, and whatnot.

However, those times seems to be long over.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Correct while stock desktop oriented distros are unfit for tablets there are ones attempts to specialize there with county and kde plasma bring the most visible examples. Besides windows 8 arm devices will also come in more traditional form factors.
Android tablets are not powerful enough to bring an sensible experience with those distros but devices designed to carry full windows would.

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juzzlin Member since:
2011-05-06

Why don't we blame Apple for selling tablets that only run iOS? Why don't we become enraged and demand Apple to let us install Ubuntu on iPad? We always blame Microsoft instead.


Because Apple provides the hardware AND the software. Microsoft Windows is a separate product.

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