Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:09 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows As you all know, Windows 8 will be the first release of Windows NT which supports the ARM architecture. Microsoft hasn't been particularly forthcoming about this new Windows variant, but that's changing today. The company has posted a long and in-depth blog post about Windows 8 on ARM.
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the reassertion in the blog post that end users will be unable to upgrade or extend the desktop side of the WOA OS, only install Metro style apps and then only through the new app store ; also confirmation that the end-user will be locked in to the WOA OS as their one and only OS choice on WOA devices via the mandated UEFI restrictions ..all equal, to me.. the death of the chance 'on the desktop' for alternative or 'other' OS's (all the linux's, haiku's, bsd's and react OS's ETC of the world)'.

Sure....there's all the x86/64 system's...but when so many many future tablets, low power 'long battery life' laptops, net tops, are going to be ARM based
..............this could really be the beginning of the death of 'free computing' (speech not beer).

sorry for the caps but DOES ANYONE think microsoft could be mandated (e.g. by a careful thoughtful European court perhaps) to back track on their HUGELY exclusionist and damaging (to consumers/humanity even if being alarmist) UEFI WOA OS lock-in mandate.???

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...and addition to my 'paranoid' train of thought...

yeah I know the ARM hardware partners for Microsoft's forthcoming WOA hardware tablets/ low power laptop's *COULD* build 'near identical hardware' without the UEFI OS lock in restrictions running a linux variant probably (but with no legal opportunity, and probably little or no technical capability either to install WOA install or alongside as part of an ARM dual-boot system)

..but I can see this ever happening in reality. Sure there will probably be a few 'niche'/'cheap' linux ARM based hardware products.........but they probably won't be anywhere near the mass market.. if WOA really takes off. And it might. I SO hope it doesn't! not as currently proposed!!! .I want WOA to have it's space to be, to thrive, but not to 'be allowed' basically a 'space to monopolise' (yeah I again know of course, their is Android and iOS etc..) but these ARE ALL closed ecosystem devices........none let the user to 'INSTALL WANT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT'. & goddamnit they should, at least some should!!! grrrrrr.

Maybe ALL the linux/other OS users will need to bandy together and try to make sure at least some/ONE of the big ARM device makers ...tablets... laptops in the future.. make an OPEN version of some of the WOA devices!! Money *could* talk....

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