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: It doesn't bother me very much
by Luminair on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:56 UTC in reply to "It doesn't bother me very much"
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.

Reply Parent Score: 2