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Microsoft Bans Linux On ARM PCs

Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 0:48 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft -- Write a comment


When I talked to Linus Torvalds he said that Secure Boot is a good thing, but can be used in a bad ways. That’s proving to be true.

When Microsoft published The Certification Requirements for Windows 8 it was evident that the company wanted to use the secure boot to lock Linux out of such hardware, thus creating a Windows only hardware. The discovery lead to a strong protest from the FLOSS community. Microsoft allowed the non-ARM hardware to be able to run Linux if the hardware vendors chooses to allow that. But as we saw the arrival of ARM on desktop Microsoft “wasted no time in revising its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8.”

  1. Eh, what? My PC – Windows AND Linux side by side. Noone bans Linux from my machine.

  2. Oh, for heaven’s sake…

  3. Response 1: Seems like an excellent way to motivate a lot of hackers to break Secure Boot.

  4. Response 2: Gee, if Apple kept people from running Linux on the iPad, they’d never sell so many of them. How can that not be obvious to Microsoft?

  5. I’d like to make a prediction. This is going to backfire on Microsoft. When you go after the open source community, they fight back. It won’t be pretty. As we have seen in the past, when enough sales are affected then decisions are reversed. Scenario: I boot up a new PC. I read MS’s user agreement and decide that I don’t want the OS loaded. Now what? Send the PC back to the seller because it is useless to me? This is a can of worms just waiting to be opened.

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