MrSeb writes: "Over the last few days it has emerged that Windows 8 ARM computers, be it tablet, laptop, or possibly even desktop form factor, will be locked down via UEFI's Secure Boot and be unable to run any other, unsigned-by-Microsoft operating systems. This is in strong contrast to x86 Windows 8 PCs, which Microsoft has mandated must be able to run other operating systems. The response from tech pundits and open source advocates has been vitriolic to say the least — but if you look at the bigger picture, MS's position doesn't seem that unreasonable. The iPad, Windows 8's arch enemy, has a locked bootloader that restricts any other OS from loading. Ditto the Nook, Kindle Fire, and many other Android tablets. The fact is, Windows 8 ARM tablets, unlike x86 PCs, will be appliances — and it really is quite common to lock down appliances." Link to Original Source
The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when
exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.