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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ulricr
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2012-01-14

the author of the article istwisting reality a bit to drum up some controversy, because no one will be buying "arm laptops" as in a PC laptop equivalent. no one owns any application that runs on ARM! there is no point in running windows on ARM to use it like a desktop, that is not compatible with any of the apps people use PCs for. instead, you'd use an intel powered ultra book. this arm windows is all about iPad like devices, not PCs

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

ulricr,

"no one owns any application that runs on ARM! there is no point in running windows on ARM to use it like a desktop, that is not compatible with any of the apps people use PCs for. instead, you'd use an intel powered ultra book. this arm windows is all about iPad like devices, not PCs"

Ah, from a windows-centric point of view, I understand your argument. However maybe you don't realize that linux (to say nothing of android) does have existing apps that will likely run on these ARM targets, but only if they are not locked down.

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