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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith (54737) writes | more than 2 years ago

DRM 2

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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no problem (1)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38683570)

consumers are like water and electricity... they follow the easiest path. it might be argued that they go for the cheapest option, but consumers are more lazy than cheap.

also, like water and electricity, if you offer resistance, consumers are more likely to find alternate paths easier.

if microsoft imposes too many restrictions, another path that may have offered more resistance before will become relatively less resistive, and consumers will be more likely to follow that path.

that other path may not have even opened up yet, but if another company (such as apple) sees an opportunity to steal some of microsoft's customer base, they will jump on that opportunity.

...or it may be google (with android+wine maybe)

or it may just offer IT decision makers more ammo in favor of an alternative solution that doesn't involve microsoft

there are many possibilities, but at the end of the day i can't see a scenario where there is no option but to take it up the arse from microsoft

there will always be an alternative

the sqeaky wheel gets the grease (1)

crutchy (1949900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38683652)

Send to the ACCC in Australia:

I believe Microsoft requiring lockout of any other operating system (such as Android) on ARM devices constitutes unconscionable conduct under the general protections (volume 3, chapter 2, part 2-2, section 21) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
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