M$ is desperately trying to preserve its desktop monopoly and to extend it to smart thingies by requiring OEMs to allow only signed software to boot on new machines that may run “8”. Think of the advantages, for M$:
- M$ can arrange that no future release can run on any older machine, requiring the machine to be replaced with the software. OEMs will love that…
- M$ can arrange that no competitor’s software can run on a new machine.
- M$ can enforce that the OS can die at a predetermined time and the whole unit must be replaced.
This is M$’s “wet dream”. Bill can finally realize 100% monopoly if M$ can get OEMs to produce such hardware and no other.
Would it be legal? No. Could M$ get away with it? Only if governments do nothing. This is the tip of a global conspiracy to bundle hardware and software to the detriment of FLOSS and other competitors of M$.
I can see the legal shenanigans:
- “other OS incapable” law suits,
- antitrust actions globally,
- OEMs suing M$ because such products will be banned from importation in large parts of the globe, and
- I hope, the breakup of M$ and the end of bundling.
I hope M$ has shot itself in the foot with this one. The scope is too large to ignore and consumers will finally see that FLOSS is important if they are to keep a PC running longer than M$ wants. The best solution is to ban imports of such products as “not fit for use”. Then OEMs will have to ship FLOSS PCs whether M$ wants it or not.
I would bet this nonsense is part of the talks between ARM and M$. Why else would ARM even be in communication with M$?
I don’t see how M$’s dream can be fulfilled as long as there are any independent OEMs left. M$ may spin this as the OEMs’ problem but the OEMs should know better. Previously M$ was taxing the OEMs’ customers. Now, M$ is preventing customers using PCs as they expect.