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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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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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Will you be able to assemble your own tablet? What I'm trying to say is we are in the verge going back to square one with mobile Linux. Remember how many devices were available with it in pre-android times despite Linux being perfectly capable to run on arm? Remember being stuck with lousy wince (palm was not open to other hw makers) with almost non-existent, overpriced competition (zaurus and Nokia Nxxx)?

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