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[7]: Waste of plastic.
by Nelson on Fri 1st Jun 2012 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Waste of plastic."
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"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."

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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