Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 21:25 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 release Preview has been released, so go out and get it, test it, and wax lyrically, or complain loudly. I'm installing it as we speak, so no word, thoughts, or impressions from me yet. Like it or hate it, at least have fun, folks.
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RE[6]: Waste of plastic.
by malxau on Fri 1st Jun 2012 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Waste of plastic."
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

Let's be clear here: You were never going to run Linux on your ARM Tablet anyway...It's because of drivers...


In the distant past, Linux had terrible driver support, but because people could contribute their own drivers, that all changed. Now you can put it on almost any PC. Okay, free graphics acceleration etc support lags the binary blobs, but it's amazing how much works. What's going on with ARM tablets is _preventing_ people from developing functional drivers, and preventing the situation from improving. It turns "never" from a figure of speech ("not yet") to an actual, real, "never."

I could believe in 1995 people saying we'd "never" run Linux in the way we do today due to drivers. Things change, assuming we let them.

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RE[7]: Waste of plastic.
by Nelson on Fri 1st Jun 2012 19:20 in reply to "RE[6]: Waste of plastic."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

"Let's be clear here: You were never going to run Linux on your ARM Tablet anyway...It's because of drivers...

What's going on with ARM tablets is _preventing_ people from developing functional drivers, and preventing the situation from improving. It turns "never" from a figure of speech ("not yet") to an actual, real, "never."
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Not really, this secure boot restriction isn't even in place everywhere. There are ongoing efforts for example to reverse engineer some of Samsungs SoC stuff, but something is needed on a grander scale, across a broader range of hardware to reach a semblance of success.

My point being, and maybe I didn't make it well enough: Windows 8 on ARM being locked or unlocked isn't preventing anyone from installing Linux or whatever the day Windows 8 on ARM ships, because you really couldn't do it anyway.

I think anger and outrage is much better focused on Qualcomm and TI and Samsung who ARE in the position to affect great change in the industry. Hell, even Rasberry Pi's come with binary blobs, and they're the latest lovechild of FOSS.

We need to change the culture, and Windows 8 for ARM doesn't really do that, in either a positive or negative direction.

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