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 and unable to run any other operating systems. This is in strong contrast to x86 Windows 8 PCs, which Microsoft has mandated must be able to run other operating systems.
If you haven’t been following this fracas since it first started to emerge last year, it’s all to do with UEFI
Now, as you can imagine, tech pundits and open source rabble-rousers alike have been raising hell over this little tidbit. How dare Microsoft lock down its devices! Hasn’t Redmond ever heard of consumer rights? Compu-Global-Hyper-Mega-Net anti-trust lawsuit round two, ding ding! And so on.