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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Um...and....we already deal with this today
by Cromat on Fri 13th Jan 2012 20:45 UTC
Cromat
Member since:
2009-12-15

Not that this is a direct example, but think about this, Microsoft is not doing anything different than apple. Apple requires that you buy their hardware, microsoft is requiring you use their OS on a piece of hardware. Sure you can run other operating systems on a mac, but I can't run OS X on another machine, I am forced into buying their hardware. They are a different issue but the same principal. Another example is the IPAD (aka competitor to windows arm tablets)...I can't put another OS on it, and does anyone complain no. Why should Microsoft always be the target? Apple is just as guilty... I think we need to stop blaming MS for all the Linux adoption issues, the real issue is its not sold by OEM's and not supported by hardware vendors, if drivers were all made equal we would see Linux all over the place.

Edited 2012-01-13 20:48 UTC

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Tablets (of any sort) != General Purpose PC.

Win 8 on Arm and this enforcement of these boot restrictions is nothing more than an attempt to kill Android on Arm.
Remember that MS has deals with just about every phone maker out there to pay then for the honour of being able to run Android. Then there are the OEM deals that they have with HP, Dell, ACER, Asus etc. They get windows at a few $$$ a pop. MS only has to hint that instead of $5 a pop, it is going to be $50 each. Bang goes their profits.

Ergo, MS has the muscle to make this happen. Android on ARM cpu's will soon be extinct (2yrs max) apart from Google itself and a few others like B&N. Even Amazon could buckle and replace the Linux kernel on kindles with Windows-embedded.

Do you really want that?

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Cromat Member since:
2009-12-15

No, but we have to be realistic sometimes as well...this maybe the reality in the future....So build your own pc and run Linux, get everyone to do it and OEM's will abandon Microsoft if no one uses it...Call me when that happens. Or get corporations to switch to Linux on personal computers. I know my company has been testing out Linux and OS X as options and funny enough OS X works cleaner with some of our network security. So quite complaining about a tablet market as that is only where the restriction is now and get the community working on converting businesses where the majority of the OS install base is.

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