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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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by bigdog on Sat 14th Jan 2012 08:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
bigdog
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2011-07-06

As far as I can see you take a legal approach. Now back to the real world.

Since Microsoft is so dominant on the desktop, no producer in his right state of mind would produce anything other than "Designed for Windows 8" hardware.

So effectively, and not legally, all other os will have become useless.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 15th Jan 2012 17:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

As far as I can see you take a legal approach. Now back to the real world.

The law exists in the real world. Pity you don't think so.

Since Microsoft is so dominant on the desktop, no producer in his right state of mind would produce anything other than "Designed for Windows 8" hardware.

Tons of them do already and that won't change the moment DFW8 hardware hits the shelves. All the existing non-DFW8 hardware won't magically disappear from existence. Non-DFW8 hardware will continue to be made from a variety of manufacturers. The sky is not falling.

So effectively, and not legally, all other os will have become useless.

Thankfully most people aren't foolish enough to subscribe to such a theory.

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