Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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Looks fantastic
by reduz on Tue 19th Jun 2012 02:56 UTC
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

I hope I can run Ubuntu on it..

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RE: Looks fantastic
by ricegf on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:02 in reply to "Looks fantastic"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I might buy it if it could, but Microsoft has encrypted the bios to ensure I can't. DRM, meet hardware.

Just as well. I'd rather support companies that will respect me in the morning.

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RE[2]: Looks fantastic
by Morgan on Tue 19th Jun 2012 05:37 in reply to "RE: Looks fantastic"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

They may not have a traditional BIOS; most ARM devices use bootcode stored on the flash ROM or bootable SD card, and I'm willing to bet the Intel version will use UEFI.

But I'm sure you're correct in that they will lock out any other OSes. That's a shame given how nice the hardware is. Then again, I've felt no desire to install anything else on my WP7 phone, which is odd for me.

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RE: Looks fantastic
by FunkyELF on Tue 19th Jun 2012 14:06 in reply to "Looks fantastic"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Are you referring to that Android / Ubuntu thing that they demo'd a while ago?

If so I doubt it will come to this. They are sitting on the source, it isn't public. They're waiting for a manufacturer, so it'll undoubtedly be a big fail.

People have powerful phones now. People have powerful tablets now. No reason not to let us install Ubuntu alongside Android now.

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RE: Looks fantastic
by jnemesh on Tue 19th Jun 2012 16:59 in reply to "Looks fantastic"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

Not going to happen, at least for the ARM tablets. Microsoft is locking down the bootloader hard to prevent people from running software they want on the hardware they OWN. I will be shopping elsewhere, no matter how cool or shiny these tablets are otherwise, they are still crippled by the OS.

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