Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jul 2013 22:12 UTC
Microsoft The Verge, reporting that Microsoft lost almost a billion dollars with Surface RT, in this quarter alone. "At the end of the day, though, it looks like Microsoft just made too many Surface RT tablets - we heard late last year that Microsoft was building three to five million Surface RT tablets in the fourth quarter, and we also heard that Microsoft had only sold about one million of those tablets in March." That's catastrophically bad.
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RE[7]: Wow
by toast88 on Sat 20th Jul 2013 22:46 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Wow"
toast88
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2009-09-23

That's actually a valid reason to use a protected boot loader since it prevents the loading of a manipulated kernel image, i.e. one where the key protection has been patched out.

Yet, just because Microsoft cannot fight every single bootleg copy of Windows, it's not justified to install such a lock-out mechanism into all new PCs being sold.

Adrian

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RE[8]: Wow
by Nelson on Sat 20th Jul 2013 23:57 in reply to "RE[7]: Wow"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I tend to be wary of Secure Boot because of how shoddy OEMs are at implementing it. The stories of Samsung laptops being bricked by non-Windows OSes booting on them is horrifying. That has ramifications beyond just Linux.

In addition, I am in favor of the user being in control of which public keys they store, plus the ability for tinkerers to turn it off completely. Both on RT and on x86.

I do think Microsoft is within their right to lock it down, I just don't think its necessarily the wisest choice. Letting it be switched off like x86 boxes can wouldn't really compromise security much, provided it was forbidden as a default.

I can totally sympathize with the tinkerer, hobbyist OSDev, or just the brave soul who wants to compile their own kernel image. They should be able to take the training wheels off of their PC if they want.

But, that doesn't mean I go spouting off about it on every Surface thread, that kind of noise in my opinion defeats the purpose.

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