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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If the hardware is unique, why should you be locked to windows? An android example to point out why:
I.e. currently I'm really interested in a 'eee-pad transformer prime 700' Great concept, great hardware, but I wouldn't buy it if Asus had gone through with the encrypted locked bootloader thing. Android does not have the plethora of real user applications like amarok, koffice, kile (latex editor), octave... etc...etc... Really sometimes the software just isn't what you're looking for but the hardware is.

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