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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by Alfman on Fri 13th Jan 2012 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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"And guess what? I guess what, I think that it will be impossible to install Windows 8 on Ipad or galaxy Tab and nobody is enraged against Apple or Samsung."

It's not hypocrisy, hackers (in the righteous sense of the word) do want computing devices to be open all around. Many of us do criticize apple over it's control too.

An inescapable difference though is that microsoft's locked bootloader implementation was drafted for and incorporated into UEFI, an industry-wide standard. This means it's going to be everywhere, not just on MS brand name devices. In my opinion this is much worse and much more alarming than locks in localized firmwares.

Edit: To re-iterate, the issue is having a UEFI standard which mandates inclusion of security features which can be abused to lock the owner out of their own hardware. I don't care who the controlling party is (MS or not), it's wrong that a standard would lock users out of their own computers.

Edited 2012-01-13 21:03 UTC

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by Cromat on Fri 13th Jan 2012 20:56 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Still even though I prefer Linux, I think we are being too hard on Microsoft for this.. Apple, Samsung, etc as previously mentioned are just as responsible. Why is it we only care about the vendor hold 90% market share. If Microsoft goes under, then we will pick on Apple, come on people stop making noise just to be heard and get linux in the spot light.

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