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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This has a silver lining to it...
by PhilPotter on Sun 15th Jan 2012 01:40 UTC
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Bad news I agree, as I want control of my device regardless of cpu architecture, but one thing that perked me up:

These new certification requirements show that MS is now MANDATING that secure boot must be able to be disabled by the user on the x86 platform - they weren't doing this before. It is important because it means - regardless of if Windows 8 will boot with it switched off - that any OEM PC will now definitely be able to boot Linux/*BSD as opposed to the 'maybe' situation we had before.

We still need to kick up a stink about this ARM nonsense, but at least the x86 platform will definitely remain open now.

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