Actually, I don't think it is. Let Microsoft make Windows on ARM as restricted as they like and then watch the customers and developers stay far, far away from it.
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- Even though I rarely use any MS software (I prefer Linux) I don't think Win 8 is bad for a tablet OS. But I think the way it drops into the legacy desktop is just terrible. I don't see myself adopting it for my one Windows computer (which is for games).May 10, 2012
- What would stop someone from just using VLC or something in Win 8?May 10, 2012
- as far as I am aware there should be nothing that would stop somebody from loading VLC. The question is the legal distribution of the proprietary and... protected ... codecs that much of the commercially sold media is encoded in.
However, the legal precedent has been set in most countries that such access to such licensed technology is generally granted if you already have paid for the licensed technology. In theory because I've already paid for a Playstation 3 I have already paid the license for DVD, Blu-Ray, Obscure Media Format Here, playback capability. I am not legally obligated to pay for that license again. We actually used this during Mepis development where the inclusion of the freely available, but proprietary, /Linux RealPlayer gave us the legal ability to ship mp3 and other media codecs within the Mepis distribution.
Now, is this something that is actually going to stand up in court with the legal benthopelagic's employed by the RIAA, MPAA, and IFPI? Personally, I'd rather not be the person to find out.May 10, 2012
- I'll continue to buy a desktop for gaming unless tablets are able to make some incredible strides in that regard in the next couple of years.May 11, 2012
- http://zerias.blogspot.com/2012/02/windows-8-lets-get-ready-to-rumble.htmlI've been talking back and forth with Sony and some other hardware vendors over some of the possibilities with tablets. The second half of this blog posting (start after the YT video in the middle) goes over some of the hardware possibilities:
Tablet's themselves may not have to make that incredible stride on their own.May 11, 2012
- Thank you for that link. I see what you're talking about there, and if that comes to fruition I could certainly envision myself moving to such a setup. I think it would be pretty cool. I have to admit, though, that I'm not a huge fan of KDE. But the type of hardware arrangements you are talking about could work well with a variety of desktop environments.May 11, 2012