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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I just read through the whole thread...And I saw a lot of comments defending Microsofts decision.
What I didn't find was an argument for how it could possible be a good thing (for the consumer) to take away the ability to install whatever OS you like.

Sure, most people will not care, but that's really not an argument.

Sure, Apple and other companies denies you the ability to change OS. But that doesn't mean that Microsofts decision is good for the consumers.

And the fact that it is not possible to magically turn a microwave into a washing machine, is really not an argument for why it would be a good thing for the consumer that it is impossible to change the OS on his/her computing device.

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ulricr Member since:

it would block root kits and other boot viruses from running

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magni Member since:

That is actually a reasonable argument.

However, as I understand it, the secure boot would still block root kits and whatever even if there is a possibility to turn it off? I mean, of course, if you decide to turn it off you do not have the same protection anymore. But then it is up to the consumer to decide how the device he/she bought is going to be used.

What I'm basically trying to say is that, adding an artificial limitation like this is no good for the consumer.

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