Windows 8's locked bootloaders: much ado about nothing, or the end of the world as we know it?

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jan 17, 2012 3:47 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Peter Bright
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Microsoft has published the hardware requirements that manufacturers must follow if they want to slap a "Designed for Windows 8" sticker onto their systems. In among many innocuous requirements—multitouch systems must support at least five points of touch, there must be at least 10 GB of free space available to the user, and more—are a set of requirements for Windows 8 systems' firmware. These requirements have reignited Linux users' fears that they will be locked out of Windows 8 hardware.

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