Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jul 2012 21:12 UTC
Windows The moment Microsoft announced it would lock other browsers out of being installed on Windows RT, we all knew regulatory bodies the world over were wringing their hands. Today, this has been confirmed: in the wake of an investigation into Microsoft not complying with the existing antitrust rulings regarding browser choice, the EU has also announced it's investigating Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 RT (ARM).
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RE[8]: Comment by Drumhellar
by tomcat on Thu 19th Jul 2012 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar"
tomcat
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2006-01-06

Oh please.
The ARM UEFI specs aren't relevant.
Android tablets are still going to be produced by those OEMs. What do the UEFI specs of WindowsRT ARM devices have to do with Adroid ARM devices? Nothing.


Linux advocates keep conflating this issue as an antitrust issue when, in fact, UEFI doesn't discriminate against other operating systems. Choice of the OS remains with the OEM. Not Microsoft.

And if you want to boot linux or BSD or Solaris or whatever random OS on an ARM device, but you can't do it on a Windows RT device because of UEFI, then just get an Android or ChromeOS ARM device and install your random OS on that.


It's the same perennial fetish for Linux fanboys: "l37'Z 7ry 7o hUr7 MiCrOSOf7 sOM3HoW 8y Ins74lLin' lINuX on 4 d3vIC3 7H47 No NORm4l hUM4N woUld 3V3R 4773mp7."

WindowsRT ARM decices are complete solutions. They are complete integrated hardware/software devices. They are not meant to be able to run random OSes, just like the iPad isn't meant to run random OSes. Such devices run with the OS they come with, because the OS is part and parcel of the device as a complete integrated hardware/software solution. You don't like it? Then get different ARM device; they'll be plenty available for you to play with.


Wait, doesn't everybody re-flash the firmware in their car engines?

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